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New Memorial For Vietnam Veterans

Rick Fredericksen
Iowa Public Radio
New granite plaque in front of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

A new plaque will be dedicated this morning to honor Iowa's secondary casualties stemming from the Vietnam War: victims of PTSD, Agent Orange and suicide. 

"We've got 867 names on the wall, but what about these other people? That's the purpose of this plaque is to remember and honor those other veterans that served but weren’t killed, but they've certainly suffered a lot of issues in their life since they've came home," says Col. Robert King, Director of the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs.

The plaque's inscription 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."

Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day starts at 11 am at the Iowa Vietnam War Memorial, south of the State Capitol.