Friday was National Vietnam War Veterans Day, and many who've waited far too long to be honored for their service were recognized at Fort Hood.

Chelsea Edwdards with our news partners, KWTX News 10, reports that dozens of Vietnam veterans were honored at the Fort Hood Exchange as shoppers looked on in awe and respect.

The ceremony was part of a nationwide effort to show appreciation to those who served at any time between November 1, 1955 and May 15, 1975. Each veteran in attendance received a presidential letter and a lapel pin. They also received the sort of thanks many didn't receive and couldn't imagine hearing when they returned home.

Tlen Bishop, an Army veteran who served for almost 30 years, told Edwards returning soldiers were spit on and called "baby killers" upon their return. Another veteran in attendance, Kenny Deonarinesingh, said people would avoid you if you were in uniform, and showed scorn for those who'd served in the controversial Vietnam War.

Bishop, however, said he'd do it all over again if he had to.

On a personal note, I have two uncles who served in Vietnam. They don't talk much about the negative things they experienced when they returned, but they're men I admire and it hurts my heart to think anyone would have contempt for them or their having served their nation the best they could in a culturally and politically turbulent time.

To all the veterans out there, we want to thank you for your service and sacrifices. Words will always fail to express just how much we appreciate you. That goes for those currently serving as well.