Wisconsin came out to salute a Vietnam veteran as he begins hospice care

Julia LeDoux
May 22, 2020 - 8:29 am

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Vietnam veteran and Wisconsin Capitol Police Officer Wesley Buss was booked for an Honor Flight three different times over the course of the past year.

His heart condition forced Buss to cancel each trip and then COVID-19 grounded all Honor Flights.

Honor Flights canceled through Sept. 1 due to coronavirus pandemic

But, that didn’t stop an emotional tribute to Buss from taking place when he recently left SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison to return home to enter hospice care. 

The tribute was coordinated by Buss’s family, the hospital, police, and the state of Wisconsin and began when he left his hospital room.    

Hospital staff lined up, waved American flags and cheered. Outside the hospital doors, Capitol Police saluted Buss, a 25-year veteran of the department who also served in the Army. The National Anthem was also played.

To see a video of the salute at the hospital, click here.

From there, a police escort accompanied Wesley to the Capitol, where police officers saluted him from every corner. 

“I was not expecting anything like this,” he said. “I was really surprised. It was a real nice gesture.”

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 His daughter then drove him to the governor’s mansion, where Gov. Tony Evers and First Lady Kathy Evers waited outside to wave to him and salute his service.

 “I think this is the best possible outcome for him," said Wesley's son, Derek. “It’s sad that these are the circumstances, but he doesn’t see it that way. This was the perfect day for him.”

Reach Julia LeDoux at Julia@connectingvets.com.

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