Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

House Honors Vietnam War Veterans

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

House Honors Vietnam War Veterans

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Navy pilot Dick Stratton of Atlantic Beach was shot down during the Vietnam War and spent six years in a Communist prison in North Vietnam.

But like most veterans of the Vietnam War, Stratton, 67, was never given a parade when he returned home from the war that was opposed by many Americans.

Though they couldn't put on an actual parade, members of the Florida House of Representatives held their own ceremony yesterday to honor Stratton and other veterans of the Vietnam War.

"We let this in some small way signify a parade, which is the least we can do," said Rep. Joe Arnall, R-Jacksonville Beach, who welcomed Stratton to the House floor. "This is a time we can grant them the honor they so richly deserve."

Stratton told the House the time is long overdue for praising veterans of the war.

"Half of my time it was torture, starvation and basically neglect," Stratton said. "Today people will ask me, `What do you veterans want?' We would like to have a welcome home and a thank you. …

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