At long last, Vietnam veterans are receiving a "welcome home" ceremony at Fort Lewis near Seattle. 

Dan Springer reported today from the event, getting some reaction from the veterans who served our country during the divisive war. 

He noted that unlike veterans of WWII, Iraq, or Afghanistan, those who served in Vietnam had a very different experience when they returned. 

They were advised to change into civilian clothes and avoid contact with protesters. 

"It really hurt. We did what we felt was right for the country. We did our duty and nobody appreciated it," said a tearful Todd Swanson, who received a Purple Heart for his service after being drafted.

Springer noted that 2.6 million Americans served in Vietnam from 1964 to 1975, with more than 58,000 killed and 300,000 wounded.

Springer said the ceremony by the Defense Department comes after Congress passed a law to mark the 50-year anniversary of the war with a five-year effort. 

More ceremonies are expected to be planned in other parts of the country. 

Watch the full report above.