A group of veterans, led by Ret. Gen. Barry McCaffrey, and the founder and president of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, plan to return to Vietnam next week to promote efforts to address the problem of buried ordinance left over from the war which ended more than 30 years ago.
The delegation will include approximately 30 veterans, their family members and family members of veterans who have been honored on the Vietnam Memorial Wall. Peter M. Holt, owner of the San Antonio Spurs and a Vietnam veteran, will also be joining the delegation and returning to the country for the first time since serving there during the war.
The Quang Tri Province is where many of the bombs still remain and will be visited by the delegates during the trip. The group will also stop in Hue, DaNang, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
Removing unexploded ordinance (UXO) is the mission of a program called Project RENEW which is funded, in part, by a $1 million grant from the U.S. government. It is estimated that 350,000 tons of landmines and UXO is scattered throughout the country and injures or kills 1,000 people every year.