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Veterans Home Care Commemorates National Vietnam Veterans Day
By: Veterans Home Care
Nearly 8.8 million service personnel served during the war with 40% stationed in Vietnam and the surrounding Southeast Asian countries.
The government indicates 58,220 U.S. soldiers lost their lives during the conflict and over 1,500 remain missing.
Veterans Home Care wishes to thank and honor all who served during the Vietnam era.
One who served is Dale Monier, the father of Veterans Home Care Regional Manager Dana Taylor.
Monier, a Perryville, MO native and resident, served in Vietnam for one year and seven months. A member of the U.S. Army he received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star, and was named to the Wall of Honor at the John J. Pershing Veterans Administration Medical Center in Poplar Bluff, MO.
Monier said he was wounded in Vietnam and the fighting was intense. "They knew I had a background in construction and wanted me to help clear heavy swamp so vehicles could get through. It was a difficult situation with the Vietnamese and with many hiding in the grasslands you really didn't know who was good and who was bad."
Monier said he is happy to have a special holiday specifically for those who served in Vietnam. Now retired, he attends a weekly get-together at the Missouri National Veterans Memorial in Perryville, the only full-scale Vietnam Memorial Wall other than the Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC.
Ron Fontenot also served during the Vietnam era. Though he didn't see combat, the U.S. Army veteran helped repair helicopters and performed maintenance primarily at Fort Still in Oklahoma.
Fontenot, a Bernie, MO resident who still lives at home with the assistance of the VetAssist® Program, said he enjoyed his time in the military. "I was glad to contribute to the effort and made some good friends whom I keep in touch with to this day. I have lots of good stories to share."
Ron and dozens of Vietnam-era veterans are able to remain in their homes thanks to a little-known VA benefit called Aid & Attendance. The benefit enables them to utilize an in-home caregiver through the VetAssist® Program.
The VetAssist® Program is offered by Veterans Home Care (https://veteranshomecare.com/