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Retired general says Vietnam veterans finally gain respect

Lieutenant General George Fisher.

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Nov. 11, 2015 – Retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. George Fisher told an Oak Ridge National Laboratory Veterans Day audience that Vietnam War veterans are finally gaining respect they deserve for their service in that war 50 years ago.

“Those thanks were not always very forthcoming and so we have a whole generation of military service that has sensitivity about that issue,” said Fisher, who served 35 years in the Army before joining ORNL in 1999. “Fortunately, it has really come full circle in the last 15 to 20 years.”

Fisher, who retired in 2012 from ORNL, said the public can perform a simple gesture to express appreciation to veterans.

“I think it is important for people to know their service is still appreciated,” Fisher said. “Just a simple thanks is all it takes.”

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