A special homecoming continues this week at Fort Hood for veterans of the war in Vietnam. The bitter conflict in Southeast Asia began for U.S. troops 50 years ago. Monday, there was an attempt correct a past wrong.
To mark the war anniversary, General Donald Campbell, the Commanding General at Fort Hood, organized a special homecoming event Monday.
"It hit me in the gut when the buses came rolling up, it was pretty emotional," said General Campbell.
About 500 Vietnam War veterans and their family members attended the ceremony.
"It's the welcome home we hoped for, its great...just great," said Ron Scott, who served in the Army during the war.
The event was similar to celebrations that are held for active duty troops, who return from Iraq and Afghanistan.
"And my biggest regret of it all is my fellow comrades, who didn't get to live to see the day where they were properly welcomed home," said former Army Specialist Berto Reyna.
For the vets the welcome was long overdue but also goes a long way to healing old wounds.
"It helps me move on, it doesn't replace the wounds, it doesn't solve the problems, but it helps," said retired Colonel Al Hernandez.
President Obama requested all military commanders to hold events like the one that took place at Fort Hood.
Several family events are planned for the Memorial holiday week. On Thursday, the veterans will also join active duty troops in a pass and review ceremony on post.