“To veterans and families, thanks for standing by us and welcome home veterans" ---Sealaska director Bill Thomas
The state of Alaska passed legislation in 2013 recognizing March 29 as Vietnam Veterans Day in Alaska. Sealaska is an advocate of the Alaska Native Veterans Land Allotment Equity Act (H.R. 2387/ S. 1955) that would further amend the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) to address obstacles in the original Alaska Native Vietnam Veterans Allotment Act provisions to allow for equitable allotment of land for Alaska Native Vietnam veterans. Sealaska Director Bill Thomas has been leading the advocacy effort on behalf of Sealaska. “To veterans and families, thanks for standing by us and welcome home veterans,” said Thomas.
Nationally, March 29 is recognized as Vietnam Veterans Day after President Barack Obama signed into law the national recognition to honor the legacy of those who served. “Our veterans answered our country's call and served with honor, and on March 29, 1973, the last of our troops left Vietnam,” stated Obama.