US Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Mary Tarnowka said the US has decided to provide scholarships named after the late Senator for Vietnamese individuals dedicated to activities for social betterment, in an effort to honour McCain and maintain his legacy in the Vietnam-US ties.
McCain was one of the first to campaign for the normalisation of US-Vietnam relations by promoting humanitarian issues, such as removing unexploded ordnances left by the war, searching for American missing-in-action (MIA) personnel, supporting people with disabilities that were caused by the war, and detoxifying areas polluted by Agent Orange the US forces used during the war.
In 1994, the US Senate approved a resolution sponsored by McCain and Senator John Kerry, calling to end the economic sanction against Vietnam, paving the way for the normalisation of relations between the two countries one year later.
Following the normalisation of bilateral ties, McCain and Kerry visited Vietnam many times to address the issue of MIA.
Along with pushing for the normalisation of relations with Vietnam, Senator McCain also supported the Vietnamese community in the US, serving as a bridge between them, US authorities, and the Vietnamese Government.