McMorris Rodgers, Kilmer Introduce Legislation to Honor Vietnam Veterans

Mar 29, 2021

Washington, D.C. (March 29, 2021) – Today on National Vietnam War Veterans Day, Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) and Congressman Derek Kilmer (WA-06) introduced bipartisan legislation to award Dust Off crews of the Vietnam War with the Congressional Gold Medal. Dust Off crewmembers – helicopter air ambulance pilots, crew chiefs, and medics – performed aeromedical evacuations in the face of bad weather, mountainous terrain, and intense enemy fire – with crewmembers facing a one in three chance of being wounded or killed.

“For too long, the men and women who served in Vietnam have gone unrecognized for their bravery and sacrifice – especially Dust Off crewmembers,” said Rodgers. “These crews were responsible for the evacuation of more than 900,000 American, Vietnamese, and Allied Forces despite incredible risk to their own lives. It’s well-past time we recognize these men and women for their heroism and service to our nation by awarding them a Congressional Gold Medal.”

“Years after the end of the Vietnam War, too many of our Vietnam veterans have not been sufficiently recognized for their service and their sacrifice. That remains true for the incredible members of the Dust Off crews – who valiantly rescued so many,” said Kilmer. “Awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to the Dust Off crews of the Vietnam War will be an important step toward recognizing the pivotal role that these servicemembers played in saving the lives of so many and serving their country proudly. I’ll keep pushing to see that it comes to fruition so we can demonstrate our appreciation on behalf of a grateful nation.”

 NOTE: Since the American Revolution, Congress has commissioned gold medals as its highest expression of national appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions. The Congressional Gold Medal has never been awarded to any veterans of the Vietnam War. The “Dust Off Crews of the Vietnam War” Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2021 would change that by awarding a single Congressional Gold Medal collectively to Dust Off crewmembers.


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