FORT POLK, La. — When veter- ans of the war in Vietnam returned home after their year-long tour in the jungles of Southeast Asia, it was mostly piecemeal, no more than a handful at the time. They were often ostracized, spit upon and labeled as “baby killers.” It was much different than those who returned after World War II and today’s wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, where the returning warriors are met with post- and city-wide homecoming celebrations, along with other members of their units. Television commercials laud their accomplishments and show them be- ing honored at professional sporting events and other arenas where they are recognized as the heroes they are for answering their nation’s call to arms. The Joint Readiness Training Cen- ter and Fort Polk will do its part to thank and honor those who served in Vietnam with a “Salute to Veter- ans” ceremony Nov. 8 at 10 a.m. The event is held at the 1st Battalion, 5th Aviation Regiment hanger on Polk Army Air Field. Veterans are invited to take part in the ceremony and Vietnam veterans are asked to meet at 8:30 a.m. in bldg 4297 at Fort Polk Army Airfield be- fore for a meet and greet before mov- ing to the ceremony. During the event, a special tribute to Vietnam veterans will offer them the welcome home they never re- ceived. Following the ceremony, the veter- ans are invited to dine at an Army dining facility, visit the Fort Polk Museum and the Tigerland Regi- mental Room on their own. For more information call 531- 1392. Viewpoint 2/ The Guardian , a civilian enter- prise newspaper, is an authorized publication for members of the U.S. Army. Contents of the Guardian are not necessarily official views of, or en- dorsed by, the U.S. Government, De- partment of Defense, Department of the Army or Fort Polk. The Guardian is published weekly by the Public Affairs Office, Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk. Printed circulation is 13,000. Everything advertised in this publication shall be made available for purchase, use or patronage with- out regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, physical handicap, political affiliation or any other nonmerit factor of the purchaser, user or patron. A confirmed violation of this policy of equal opportunity by an ad- vertiser will result in the refusal to print advertising from that source. All editorial content of the Guardian is prepared, edited, pro- vided and approved by the Public Af- fairs Office, Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk. The Guardian is printed by the Natchitoches Times , a private firm in no way connected with the Depart- ment of the Army, under exclusive written contract with Fort Polk. The civilian printer is responsible for com- mercial advertising. The appearance of advertising in this publication, including inserts and supplements, does not constitute en- dorsement by the Department of the Army or the Natchitoches Times of the products or services advertised. Guardian Editorial Staff Brig. Gen. Patrick D. Frank Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk commanding general Col. Jarrett Thomas II Garrison commander Kim Reischling Information strategies officer Chuck Cannon Editor Jean Dubiel Angie Thorne Staff writers Editorial Offices Building 4919, Magnolia Street Fort Polk, LA 71459-5060 Voice (337) 531-4033 Fax (337) 531-1401 Email: Kimberly.Reischling@us.army.mil Trading post ads: firstname.lastname@example.org Fort Polk Homepage http://www.jrtc-polk.army.mil Advertising For advertising contact (337) 404-7242 Email: email@example.com In our view In honor of Retiree Appreciation Day Saturday, Guardian staff asked members of the Fort Polk community: "What do you want to do when you retire?" Here are their responses: Pvt. Charon Irias: "I would like to live in a little camper on the beach on an island in the Caribbean." Pfc. James Sineas: "I want to work in the communication field at the Pentagon." Sgt. 1st Class Ola- jumoke Soyomi: "Stay here at Fort Polk and get a job on post." Guardian Oct. 19, 2018 Spc. Christopher Young: "I want to go back to California, get a degree in law and work for the Los Ange- les Police Depart- ment." JRTC, Fort Polk set to honor Vietnam veterans By CHUCK CANNON Guardian editor Fort Polk’sTigerland was the jumping off point for thousands of Sol- diers headed to Vietnam in the 1960s and 70s. On Nov. 8, The Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk will give those Warriors the welcome home they never received. GUARDIAN i i For advertising contact Theresa Larue ail: s l s t f rt l r i .