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Vietnam vet wishes the state would do more for living vets

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Governor Nathan Deal Monday announced plans to recognize all Georgia Vietnam veterans with certificates of honor.

The Vietnam War took the lives of 1,584 Georgians.

One Albany veteran wishes the state would do more for those still living.

"To recognize us without enumeration, in my opinion, is too little too late."

Master Sergeant Arthur Kay Williams served from 1967-1968 in the Vietnam War. And says returning to America wasn't easy.

"The only I received, as a Vietnam veteran, from the state of Georgia was a free driver's license,” said Master Sergeant Arthur Kay Williams.

Williams claims many other states gave veterans money when they returned that they could use to help with medical expenses, including expenses from the lasting effects of being exposed to Agent Orange.

"There are those of us now that are still suffering and not being paid properly. Or, not being paid at all about our service,” said Master Sergeant Arthur Kay Williams

Something Williams said does seem right.

"If America knows how to find you to be drafted can find you to be drafted, they know how to find you if you're alive,” continued Master Sergeant Arthur Kay Williams.

Williams said he knows it can't all be done at once, but he hopes the certificates aren't the only attention veterans will be getting.

"I commend the governor for at least shining some light on our saga. We're still having that problem or those problems as Vietnam Veterans. Again, too little too late, but still, there's room for improvement."

Governor Deal will unveil details of the effort to honor Georgia's $234,000  Vietnam veterans next week.

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