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US Rep. Conor Lamb partnering with Defense program to honor Vietnam vets

A Vietnam veteran looks at Traveling Vietnam Wall. (Airman 1st Class Megan Friedl/U.S. Air Force)

U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb has been appointed a partner of a U.S. Department of Defense program recognizing Vietnam War veterans who served between 1955 and 1975.

“The men and women who served during the Vietnam War are often overlooked,” said Lamb, D-17, Mount Lebanon, a Marine Corps veteran and vice chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee.

“As a partner in this effort,” he said, “I am committed to recognizing the service of our local Vietnam veterans and providing them with the care, respect and honor they have earned and rightfully deserve.”

According to a release from Lamb’s office, the Vietnam War 50th Commemoration program works with federal, state and local agencies and organizations to honor Vietnam veterans and their families for their contributions during the war.

The program focuses on veterans who served on active duty between Nov. 1, 1955, and May 15, 1975, no matter where they were deployed. Lamb is the 95th congressional partner of the commemoration program.

Citing the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Lamb’s statement said 9 million Americans were on active duty during the Vietnam War era, with about 7 million still living. The program partners with others, such as Congress members, to help reach the large number of surviving veterans.

Lamb’s statement also said that with 800,000 veterans Pennsylvania has the fourth-highest number among the states and that 280,000 of them served in Vietnam.

Vietnam veterans eligible for commemoration may call Lamb’s Mount Lebanon district office at 412-344-5583 or visit

More information on the Vietnam War 50th Commemoration program is available at


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