New Zealand Says Sorry to Vietnam Vets

Protester-turned-PM: Treatment after return from war 'inadequate'
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted May 28, 2008 3:42 PM CDT
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(Newser) – The government of New Zealand expressed regret today over its unfair and harsh treatment of Vietnam veterans upon their return, Reuters reports. Prime Minister Helen Clark, who protested the war as a student in the 1970s, made the apology before parliament to the 37 killed and 187 wounded as a result New Zealand's mid-60s involvment with US forces in the conflict.

"The Crown extends to New Zealand Vietnam veterans and their families an apology for the manner in which their loyal service in the name of New Zealand was not recognized as it should have been, when it should have been, and for inadequate support extended to them and their families after their return home from the conflict," Clark said.