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Vietnam War veterans honored in Tulsa

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Posted at 12:44 PM, Mar 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-29 17:09:54-04

Hundreds of Vietnam veterans were honored across Tulsa.

At the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 577, more than 50 servicemen were honored by the Department of the Veterans Affairs.

It was a full program with the presentation of colors, national anthem and opening remarks. Toward the end, the VA staff presented official "Vietnam War Commemoration" lapel pins to all veterans.

One of the veterans shared with 2 Works for You about the American sentiment during the war and how he was treated in Tulsa when he came back.

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"I was spit on at the Tulsa airport when I came home the first time. The second time it was a lot better. The first time was 66 and second time was 68," said Rudy Odonly. 

Despite this, Odonly was proud to have served in the war.

"I got more involved with the natives there and those people just wanted their freedom. They were ruled by the Japanese and the French. They just wanted their freedom and be left alone," said Odonly.

Other ceremonies included at the American Legion Post 308 in Tulsa and at Muskogee's VA Regional Benefits Office.