MAYVILLE – Senator Charles Schumer was in Chautauqua County on Tuesday to meet with the family of a service member who died in 1969 while serving the country.
Schumer met with the parents of Terry Lee Henderson at their home to provided updates on his effort to enshrine the names of 74 Americans on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, DC.
Last week Schumer introduced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) requiring the Department of Defense (DOD) to enshrine the 74 Americans, including Henderson.
The Americans died in a war-related training exercise in the South China Sea. Schumer said their combat-related service deserves acknowledgment upon the Veterans Memorial Wall.
“As we pause this weekend to recognize our men and women in uniform who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the freedoms we hold dear. The Henderson family still has a hole in their heart knowing that their loved one has yet to receive the proper recognition for his bravery and courage when he died in service to this country,” said Schumer. “That is why I am pursuing all possible avenues – including legislation – in our effort to have the names of these 74 veterans, including Terry Lee Henderson of Western New York, enshrined on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. By withholding these names from the wall, we are continuing to deny individuals who perished while valiantly served our nation the tribute they deserve.”
In June 2015 he urged the U.S. Navy Secretary to give full consideration to this request, which was met with a favorable reply.