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Commander's Column

by Walter Tanimoto
April 2019, Volume 69, Issue 4

I want to let you know how much I have enjoyed being the Commander of the NVC this past year and how much I look forward to another productive term as 65th NVC Commander. I am committed to the veterans and families and to the organization that is committed to serving them.

The 501(c)(3) Vote Results are in: 113 yes votes, 4 no votes.  The next major steps in the process are:

  • An application to the Washington State Secretary of State (SOS) to establish our 501(c)(3) entity.
  • After our State entity is established, file an application with the IRS
  • The dissolution of the Nisei Veterans Committee 501(c)(19) and transfer of property and assets to the 501(c)(3) organization.

The entire process can take up to 6 to 9 months.  We will be coming out with some FAQ’s in the next issue, but as always, you can also contact me with any questions you have.

30 March 2019 was proclaimed Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day by Governor Inslee.  National Vietnam War Veterans Day is now celebrated on 29 March as per The Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017 which President Trump signed into law (28 March 2017).

The act recognizes the men and woman who served on active duty from 1 November 1955 to 15 May 1975. The proclamation signed by President Donald Trump in 2017 extends the commemoration through Veterans Day 2025.  I recently attended a Japanese Community Service event and learned that Japanese citizens also fought in Vietnam as U.S. service members.  They were in the U.S. going to school and were caught in the draft.  Some were even presented the Purple Heart for injuries sustained in combat and other awards for their service in Vietnam.

Veterans from the Spanish American War, World War I, and World War II returned to parades and celebrations.  When Korean War veterans came home from Korea, they were appreciated.  However, when our soldiers returned home from Vietnam, it was a different situation.  Veterans returning home from Vietnam often faced scorn as the war they had fought in became increasingly unpopular.  And when it came to finding a job, some were met with disgust and discrimination from employers because they served in the Vietnam War. It was especially difficult for Infantrymen.

Does this sound familiar?  Are there any parallels with the Nisei Vets from WWII and the Greatest Generation?  Do we still see discrimination and hatred of veterans today? 

The NVC welcomes all veterans to become part of our historic and legacy organization.  We recognize all veteran’s contributions and their sacrifices made. 

We are proud of our work and accomplishments here at NVC, and the service we have given our nation, and our community. We offer a unique contribution of service, and we are grateful to our friends and supporters over the last 75 years.  Together we help the NVC carry on the legacy of the Nisei and honor the sacrifices they made for following generations of veterans and families.