Former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who also commanded the U.S. Special Operations Command will attend “Welcome Home” ceremonies at Sarasota National Cemetery’s Patriot Plaza on March 29
SARASOTA — At 76, Gen. Hugh Shelton has instructed his booking agent to scale back on his public appearances. After all, following a military career that spanned 450 parachute jumps and eight surgeries, America’s 14th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is hobbled with chronic pain.
But when he was invited to attend “Welcome Home” ceremonies for Vietnam veterans at Sarasota National Cemetery’s Patriot Plaza on March 29, the former Commander in Chief of U.S. Special Operations Command didn’t think twice.
“I said, ‘I’ll do it even if I’m having a bad day, pain-wise,’” said Shelton, who earned a Purple Heart during one of his two tours of Vietnam. “I’ll still muster whatever it takes to stand up and say welcome home to those that were there.”