About 1,000 Vietnam War veterans from around the state are expected to attend a welcome-home reception that many never received when they returned from the conflict.

The Wyoming Veterans Commission is organizing the first-ever Wyoming Vietnam Veterans "Welcome Home" Reunion. The event is schedule to be held June 4-7 in Casper.

Commission Director Larry Barttelbort estimates there are about 16,800 Vietnam War-era vets in Wyoming.

A parade, memorial service, guest speakers and a barbeque are among the events planned.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that is free for the veterans and their friends and families, who also are welcome. Scholarships to cover travel and lodging costs are available on a case-by-case basis.


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