Abbot offers Vietnam book to veterans from that era

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 29, 2019


Staff report

The Texas Veterans Commission announced this week that Gov. Greg Abbott is offering a Texas limited edition of “A Time to Honor,” the Vietnam War 50th Commemoration book, to Vietnam-era veterans.

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In an issued statement, the TVC said more than a half-million Texans served in the military during the Vietnam era — and are welcome to pick up a copy of the book.

Spokesman Jim Halbrook said 32 copies of the book have been sent to the Texas Veterans Commission Claims office at the Beaumont VA Outpatient Clinic, 3420 Veterans Circle, Beaumont. The office number is 507. More books can be ordered.

Halbrook said there are 15,441 veterans in Jefferson County, according to the VA 2016 census projections for 2019. The census did not break down time of service.

He said there a roster shows 59 Vietnam war casualties suffered by Jefferson County military.

The newly published book details action and sacrifices in Vietnam, chronicles events of the time and provides modern reflections by veterans. There are 1.7 million veterans in Texas.

“As a veteran of the Vietnam war, I thank Gov. Abbot for honoring our service and providing this book so that our duty and service to our country is not forgotten,” said Eliseo “Al” Cantu Jr., chairman of the Texas Veterans Commission. “I urge all Texas Vietnam veterans to seek out this special book and claim the benefits we have earned.”