FILE- In this June 1970 file photo, taken by Associated Press photographer Huynh Cong "Nick" Ut, south Vietnamese Marines rush to the point where descending U.S. Army helicopter will pick them up after a sweep east of the Cambodian town of Prey-Veng during the Vietnam War. It only took a second for Associated Press Photographer Huynh Cong "Nick" Ut to snap the iconic black-and-white image of Phan Thi Kim Phuc after a napalm attack in 1972, but it communicated the horrors of the Vietnam War in a way words could never describe, helping to end one of America's darkest eras. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)--Our country celebrates Vietnam Veterans day for the first time. President Barack Obama declared the holiday last year to mark the 50th anniversary of the war.
We spoke to a Vietnam vet who says veterans from this war were mistreated when they returned home. Lloyd Pitney says many have largely been forgotten, left to deal quietly with the scars you don't see like PTSD and depression. Pitney explains what having a day to honor vietnam veterans means to him.
Lloyd Pitney says, "It's a rememberance of friends. Those I didn't know that didn't come back and thinking about those who defected our country. It's nice to see the country recognizing those who came back."
Pitney says he entered the Navy to put his life on the line for his country, and got no appreciation for it until recently as more people thank him for his service.