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    After 57-Year Delay, a Vietnam War Veteran Receives US Army Air Medal

    After 57-Year Delay, a Vietnam War Veteran Receives US Army Air Medal

    George Thomas Keeney, 76, a veteran of the War, was due to receive his Medal from the U.S. on Nov. 6, 1966 — but it never came.

    On Monday — 57 years later — Keeney, now bedridden, was finally presented the award in the living room of his Windsor home, where he is receiving hospice care for heart failure and prostate cancer.

    “This is going to make my day,” he said, surrounded by his children and grandchildren. “If I die tomorrow, I'll be happy.”

    Though sick and confined to his bed, Keeney was talkative, animated and overjoyed to receive a medal he never thought he would get.

    “I feel great,” he said. “I never expected this. When I left from over there, the first six months I kept saying, ‘I ain't getting nothing.' I did what I was told, and they made these promises, and then they spit on me.”

    Keeney, like many Vietnam veterans who returned home from the war, did not receive a hero's welcome, but was sometimes treated poorly or scorned by society for fighting an unpopular war.

    Keeney was finally honored for his service on Monday.

    On hand to pay tribute to Kenney were Jason R. Sidock, executive director of the Carroll County Veterans Independence Project, a nonprofit organization that provides services to veterans; state Sen. Justin Ready, who represents both Carroll and Frederick counties; Carroll County Commissioner Tom Gordon III; and representatives from BridgingLife,…

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