880 – Vietnam Vet, Jim Crigler, to paddle down the Mississippi for Gold Star Families



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In this podcast episode of Vietnam Veteran News, two special people will be featured. One is Mark Carlson of Aston, Iowa who was the winner of last month’s podcast appreciation contest. Today his is sporting his new Digital American Flag Camo Hoodie he won in the contest. Mark is not a Vietnam Veteran but he holds them in high regards. He sent me two messages that showed his appreciation for the contest prize and for all Vietnam Veterans. His messages can be seen on the testimonial page of this website.

The other special person to be recognized in this episode is Jim Crigler. He intends to paddle a canoe down the Mississippi River 2300 miles from the Mississippi’s headwaters at Lake Itasca to New Orleans beginning on April 22, 2017. The purpose of this trip is to start a movement to change America’s attitude toward its Gold Star families. Jim believes that for too long they have often felt like the forgotten casualties of war; the stigma and controversy surrounding the war have prevented many of these families from even talking about it.

Crigler said “While I was doing research for the book, I met and spoke to many Gold Star families, I consistently heard the same story – no honor, no support, no thanks.” He was deeply moved by this and decided to do something to right this wrong. He plans to use this trip down the Mississippi in a canoe to bring attention to this group of forgotten victims of the Vietnam War.

He will be making numerous stops along the way. A list of the cities and towns that Crigler plans to visit is shown below. His story comes from a press release found on The benzinga.com website title: Solo Mississippi Canoe Trip Calls Attention to Forgotten Vietnam Gold Star Families

CLICK HERE  for more information about his Mississippi canoe trip, his book and his background

CLICK HERE  for more information about the Mission of Honor and how you can help make it happen.

Jim Crigler’s contact information:

1600 W Gilmore Ave
Suite 100
Winona, MN 55987



Jim’s planned river stops:

Bemidji, MN
Grand Rapids, MN
Brainerd, MN
Little Falls, MN
St. Cloud, MN
Minneapolis MN
St. Paul, MN
Hastings, MN
Red Wing, MN
Lake City, MN
Fountain City, WI
Winona, MN
La Crosse, WI
Prairie du Chien, WI
Dubuque, IA
Clinton, IA
Quad Cities IA/IL
Muscatine, IA
Quincy, IL
Hannibal, MO    St. Louis, MO
Cape Girardeau, MO
Caruthersville, MO
Memphis, TN
Greenville, MS
Vicksburg, MS
Natchez, MS
Baton Rouge, LA
New Orleans, LA


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