Here is how Dusty Johnson shows appreciation to Vietnam Vets
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Congressman Dusty Johnson is wrapping up his two day visit West River by honoring Vietnam veterans. Since moving to the U.S. House in 2019 Johnson estimates he’s had the honor to show his appreciation to more than 500 Vietnam vets. During an afternoon ceremony at American Legion Post 22 Johnson honored another 29, a show of appreciation many of them did not receive when they came home from war.
Vietnam Veteran Don Fuller says, “When my father passed away, the service sent me to Minneapolis, and they picked me up from there. Yeah, there wasn’t the fanfare. There wasn’t anything. We did our own thing.”
Fuller also a 50 year member of the American Legion encourages other veterans to join the organization. Don Fuller says, “With your help, with you’re being a member, we can continue to operate this building. We can continue to send $150,000 to $200,000 a year back into the community in forms of scholarship, children’s programs. There’s so many different things that we do.” To find out more about membership check with you local chapter of the American Legion.
Each veteran received a pin and challenge coin in recognition of their service. The Rapid City Rush also showing their appreciation with a free game ticket for each honoree.