The service of our veterans is a sacrifice that sometimes goes unrecognized. 

John Boheman’s shadowbox holds countless memories from his time in the Vietnam War. 

“Japan, Hong Kong, Southeast Asia area, of course Hawaii, Philippines, something I would never have had the opportunity to do if it not being for the military,” Boheman said. 

From January 1967 to January 1971, he served as aerial support aboard his Naval ship. Yet upon his arrival home, his support was missing.

“Well after I was discharged, I went home and there was nothing, ‘oh you went to the Vietnam War,’ that was it,” Boheman said. 

He remembers the day he hung up his Navy uniform. 

“We did not get welcomed at all. In fact, we got name calling and spitting and trying to trip us,” said Boheman. 

So 46 years later, Boheman’s wife, Diane, wanted to change that. 

“She said well I put your name down. I said, ‘Okay, you know there’s a lot of veterans around here right?'” Boheman said. 

Swier Law, a law firm in Sioux Falls, has chosen to honor Boheman as the “Veteran of the Game.” On May 20, he’ll get recognized for his service at the Sioux Falls Canaries home game.

“With John, who felt like the recognition he got maybe wasn’t exactly what he thought when he came back from Vietnam. Hopefully this can just make a small little piece in knowing how much the veterans service is appreciated,” attorney Scott Swier said.

And Boheman is finally getting the recognition from his home right here in KELOLAND. 

“It is an honor to be recognized. And to show that we were a part of protecting our country,” said Boheman. 

If you’d like to nominate a veteran, visit Swier Law’s website.