1st Vietnam Veterans chapter plans for its eventual demise

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — The first chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America is working with its Vermont hometown to ensure a local monument to its members’ service is cared for when they’re gone.

Andy Megrath (muh-GRATH’) is the president of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1 in Rutland. He says the chapter is offering the city $10,000 to care for the monument. It includes a sarcophagus-like white marble carving of a soldier in a Main Street Park.

The Vietnam War ended in 1975, and the youngest vets are in their 60s.

Rick Weidman of the national Vietnam Veterans of America says some chapters have already dissolved. But he says new ones are also forming, especially in the Sun Belt, where many Vietnam vets go to retire.