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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Iowans gathered Friday to honor additional men and women who served in the Vietnam War, including those who suffered long after they returned home.

Friday was Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day. Iowans gathered around the Vietnam Memorial to honor those who served during a time, many of whom faced harassment for their tour.

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State leaders unveiled a new plaque honoring veterans who suffered as a result of their service from issues like Agent Orange-related illnesses, premature death and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Those have been called the hidden casualties of the war.

“We must make this a living memorial. We need to fulfill their mission. Lives have been lost, but the love does not end and we do not forget,” Vicki Swarts said at Friday’s ceremony. Her veteran husband, Tony, was ill off and on for the last 10-15 years until he passed away.

You can find the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the new plaque on the south lawn of the Iowa Capitol.