Vietnam Veteran Brent K. Young, of Blackfoot, will be among 300 veterans who will be inducted into the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) “In Memory Program” this year. The program honors Vietnam vets whose lives were cut short as a result of their service after they returned home.
The ceremony is scheduled June 16 on the East Knoll of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. 344 service members’ names will be read aloud during the ceremony.
“For many Vietnam veterans, coming home from Vietnam was just the beginning of a whole new fight. Many never fully recovered, either physically or emotionally, from their experiences. As these veterans pass, it is our duty and solemn promise to welcome them home to the place that our nation has set aside to remember our Vietnam veterans,” said Jim Knotts, president and CEO of VVMF.
Young was a U.S. Navy vet. He was born February 11, 1950 and died January 3, 2013.
The plaque that honors these veterans was dedicated as a part of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial site in 2004. It reads: In Memory of the men and women who served in the Vietnam War and later died as a result of their service. We honor and remember their sacrifice.