"As Vietnam vets, we've stuck together over the years. It's because we didn't want what happened to us to ever happen again. We're here, and we want people on Capitol Hill to know that we're not going away," said Mr. Shpak.
"These kids volunteer to go to war, and we're not supposed to abandon them. We left people behind in World War II, in Korea, in Vietnam, and now we've left one behind in Afghanistan," said Vietnam veteran Ted Shpak, president of the Rolling Thunder D.C.'s board of directors.