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King helps Vietnam veteran get long-lost medals

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Rep. Steve King gave retired Vietnam veteran Robert Hutchinson four medals Tuesday. Rep. Steve King gave retired Vietnam veteran Robert Hutchinson four medals Tuesday.

Iowa Rep. Steve King has made it one of his priorities to award veterans their medals.

This afternoon, he presented Robert Hutchinson, an Army veteran of the Vietnam War, with some medals he didn't get. Hutchinson, who is from Sioux City, served with the 129th Assault Helicopter Company.

During that time, he flew on helicopters and worked for a motor pool, delivering kitchen rations by truck. During one of those times, his group was attacked by 200 Vietnamese. Kings says being able to give medals, earned by veterans, is an honor.

"Hopefully that's a level of self-confidence and pride in the way that he's served our country and an inspiration for the next generation to step up and do the same thing. It's very, very gratifying," said King.

Hutchinson received the National Defense Service medal, but lost it. After returning to the U.S., Hutchinson says he's been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, but he says getting a new service medal and the other awards he earned while serving will help bring him closure.

"I never thought I'd be able to get it in this well of a put-together form, like we have here today. And this is just greatly appreciated by me and all that are here," said Robert Hutchinson, Vietnam veteran.

Hutchinson's medals included that national defense service medal, the Vietnam service medal with one bronze star attachment, a Republic of Vietnam campaign ribbon with device, and a sharpshooter badge.

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