Scott’s View: Reflecting on Dennis Quaid’s WWII dad and POW MIA Recognition Day

Scott's View

When we heard that Dennis Quaid’s band was touring in our neighborhood over the summer, we discovered a remarkable story.  Quaid has been a consistent A-list performer for decades, but first found inspiration for his career from his dad -- a WWII veteran! Read his VetFamily profile for the whole story.

This Friday, we recognize POW/MIA Recognition Day. I know for Vietnam Veterans like myself, this is an especially important day. I have returned to Vietnam twice since my service there in 1967-68. On my first trip with fellow Vietnam Vets in 1982, we were successful in lifting the ban on Amerasian children leaving the country to reunite with fathers in the United States. We also brought home some of the first remains of MIAs from Vietnam, hopefully bringing a sense of closure for the families of those fallen heroes. Thankfully, this work continues in war zones around the world, including Korea, where the remains of 55 servicemen are finally coming home from the Korean War.

As a country, we must never forget those who have served, and do everything in our power to ensure no one is left behind.

From Our Member Community

A history of Arlington National Cemetery Military & Veterans Life Cover Story: History of Arlington National Cemetery Perfectly aligned white marble tombstones dot green hills like pearls, strung together by memories of fallen military members. That’s the sight at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, DC, which is the resting place for more than 400,000 veterans and their dependents over approximately 640 acres on the Potomac River. This Memorial Day we remember the fallen soldiers buried at Arlington and across the nation. And this Saturday Arlington hosts the inaugural Flowers of Remembrance Day, where the public can bring flowers to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to pay tribute to the sacrifice of so many veterans. 

Join Our Community.

Yes, Get Me Started

Do you and your family vacation without travel insurance?

Sign up for VetRewards today and you’ll be eligible for TravelProtection™ starting at only $19.99 for the first full year of coverage.

Get VetRewards

Did you know that your immediate family members are eligible for VetRewards Exclusive discounts?

With VetRewards, you can add family members to your primary plan at 50% OFF every year.

Get VetRewards