William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital
Vietnam War Remembrance Ceremony to be held at Madison VA
March 23, 2018
MADISON, Wis. — The William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison will hold a Vietnam War Remembrance Ceremony March 29th to honor those that served during the Vietnam conflict.
The ceremony will take place in the auditorium of the Madison VA hospital at noon. Attending Vietnam Veterans will be offered a Vietnam War Veteran Lapel pin to thank them for their service.
2.7 million U.S. service members served in Vietnam, more than 58,000 did not return home.
“When Vietnam Veterans came back they didn’t receive the welcome home they deserved,” said hospital director John Rohrer. “It’s important to set aside time to recognize and honor them for their service.”
The ceremony will include stories of Vietnam Veterans from the Madison VA My Life, My Story program. Marine Corps Veteran Joe Lempa will also read his personal story.
March 29th was recently designated as National Vietnam War Veterans Day by the Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017. The National day of recognition was signed into law by President Trump on Tuesday and will be commemorated annually.
William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital is a Madison-based 129-bed facility that provides health care for more than 42,000 Veterans who live in a 13,600 square mile primary service area comprising 15 counties in south central Wisconsin and five in northwestern Illinois. The hospital also operates an annex primary care clinic in Madison and community-based outpatient clinics in Baraboo, Beaver Dam and Janesville, Wis., and in Rockford and Freeport, Ill.
The main hospital includes 85 acute care beds, 18 beds in the hospital’s residential rehabilitation treatment program, and a community living center provides an additional 26 beds for sub-acute transitional care, rehabilitation, and hospice care. The hospital’s outpatient clinics have approximately 1,870 visits each business weekday.
The total veteran population in the Madison VA Hospital’s primary service area is approximately 130,000.