Vietnam War Veterans

Master Sgt. Brandy Fowler, U.S. Air National Guard

This weekend, the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station will welcome back many to the installation who, 50 years prior, were welcomed back after serving in Vietnam.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

He earned a Purple Heart medal three times during his military service. They were delivered to him by mail. Monday morning, at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park, Army Sgt. 1st Class William "Roland" Hayes was presented with all his due decorations in a more dignified ceremony. He was also recognized for the battles he fought on two fronts, including one within the ranks.

Bud Gardner

A reunion of Vietnam War veterans who served in the 199th Light Infantry Brigade continues in Buffalo this week. They'll take in the sights, sounds, and even some tastes of Western New York. But to many of these veterans, the annual reunion brings a renewed opportunity to bond - and heal from old wounds, some of which are unseen.

An estimated 90,000 veterans who served in the Vietnam War are closer to receiving medical benefits for presumed exposure to Agent Orange. The U.S. Senate has passed legislation which would open VA medical care for Agent Orange-related illnesses to Blue Water Navy veterans.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Friday, March 29 was designated as Vietnam Veterans Day and in Western New York, numerous ceremonies were held to honor a generation of soldiers, sailors and airmen who didn't get the heroes' welcomes previous and later generations of service members received.

Traveling Vietnam memorial wall arriving in Niagara Falls

Jul 11, 2018
WBFO file photo/Chris Caya

A traveling version of the wall bearing the names of tens of thousands of U.S. military personnel who died in the Vietnam War is arriving in Niagara Falls Wednesday. The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall, once assembled, will be on display through next Monday in the city's Hyde Park.

Lynne Bader, WNED-TV

While thousands of men left the U.S. for Canada to avoid military service during the Vietnam War, many Canadian men came to America to do just the opposite. As part of WNED|WBFO's "Our Vietnam Voices" series, we bring you the story of one such Canadian who took up arms for the United States.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Veterans organizations, including the VA Western New York Healthcare System, are honoring Vietnam-era veterans as they observe the 50th anniversary of the first formal U.S. ground combat operations of that lengthy war.

UB medical students discuss care for veterans of war

Nov 19, 2015
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

Improving the future care of veterans was the theme of a discussion for University at Buffalo medical students. A panel discussion was held Wednesday afternoon at UB's Medical School on the South Campus.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says personal stories and research were shared with students.