275 VVN – Mystery Solved – Veteran’s Family Found

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The man in this photo has been identified as James Robert Jeske.

In episode 227 Janna Hoehn a volunteer for the Wall of Faces Project was interviewed about her work in finding images of Vietnam Veterans who died in that war and whose names are on the Vietnam War Memorial Wall in Washington DC.

She is mentioned in an article featured in this episode. The article is from KHQ TV in Spokane, Washington. It is by Caitlin Rearden, KHQ Local News Weekend Anchor titled: Mystery solved: Veteran’s family found. The article describes how pictures of a deceased Vietnam Veteran were lost on a roundabout in Spokane Valley and how they were miraculously found and with the help of Hoehn they were able to make their way to the Wall of Faces in Washington DC.

There are still missing photos of Spokane area Vietnam Veterans of died in the war. The names of the veterans are listed below along with contact information if you know where photos could be found. All are urged to take a look at the list and notify a volunteer if you can help find more photos.

Janna Hoehn says she still needs 20 pictures from Spokane alone.

Those names are listed below. If you have photos of the Vietnam veterans listed that are still outstanding and would like to get them on the Wall of Faces, you can email neverforgotten2014@gmail.com.

Charles E. Anderson, 1941-1966, Spokane

Larry E. Anderson, 1948-1968, Spokane

Paul A. Benkert, 1945-1967, Fairchild AFB

James E. Bowden, 1948-1968, Spokane

Prentice F. Brenton, 1926-1967, Spokane

James K. Emch, 1950-1970, Spokane

Ralph H. Franck Jr., 1947-1968, Spokane

Larry E. Graham, 1950-1969, Spokane

Ray E. Hombel, 1949-1969, Spokane

Douglas A. Howard, 1951-1972, Spokane

Roy M. Johnson, 1946-1968, Spokane

Edwin L. Koenig, 1934-1966, Spokane

John E. Laipple, 1949-1968, Spokane

Michael E. McNeal, 1947-1967, Geiger Heights

Royal P. Oden, 1950-1969, Spokane

Joel P. Staunton, 1943-1967, Spokane

William A. Taylor, 1946-1967, Spokane

Henry K. Weitz, 1949-1970, Spokane

John A. Welsford Jr., 1949-1969, Spokane

James A. Wimmer, 1948-1970, Spokane

274 VVN – Agent Orange Equity Bill Introduced into the Senate to Aid Blue Water Navy Vets

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USS George Washington (CVN73), off southern coast of Vietnam in South China Sea.

In this episode there is big news for Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans and others who have been excluded from receiving benefits from the VA for Agent Orange related diseases.

Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Steve Daines of Montana have introduced legislation that would extend Veterans Affairs Department benefits to “blue water” Vietnam-era veterans exposed to Agent Orange. This bill is similar to HR-969 introduced in the House of Representatives by Representative Chris Gibson of New York. With proposed bills in both houses of Congress the outlook is brighter for veterans how desperately need benefits for Agent Orange diseases.

273 VVN – McKinney, Texas museum honors Vietnam veterans

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Ed Hernandez works on a replica of the Hanoi prison cell on display as part of “The Vietnam Syndrome” exhibit at the Collin County Historical Society and Museum in McKinney. Photos by Vernon Bryant/Staff Photographer

In this episode an article from the Dallas Morning News by Valerie Wigglesworth titled: Exhibit at McKinney museum honors Vietnam veterans is highlighted. This topic was featured in an earlier episode. It talked about the work of Vicki Day, executive director of the the Collin County Historical Society and Museum in setting up a Vietnam War exhibit in their museum.

The exhibit is opening at an opportune time that coincides with the 50th year Commemoration of the Vietnam War. The exhibit opens Friday 3-13-15. Click here for more information on The Vietnam Syndrome at the McKinney Museum.



272 VVN – Vietnam Vet Kent Maxfield Returns to Vietnam

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It was a hero’s welcome decades in the making and it’s the ending to a story one veteran always wanted.

Vietnam Veteran Kent Maxfield accomplished something he has wanted to do for a long time. That was returning to the place where he fought in an unpopular war almost 50 years ago. In this episode the story of his adventure back to Vietnam and his big welcome home when he returned home to Indianapolis. The story by Jeff Wagner of WISHTV is presented in this episode.

271 VVN – The Vietnam War 50 Years Later

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Soldiers are depicted in the York County Vietnam Veterans Memorial erected in 2009 at the York Expo Center. Chris Dunn – Daily Record/Sunday News

Since we are knee deep in the Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration, in this episode we will take a look at an article by a Vietnam Veteran, Phil Avillo. He is the retired chairman of the York College history department at York, Pennsylvania. His article was titled The Vietnam War, 50 years later and it described how we got into a war in far off Vietnam.

It is an appropriate accounting of the historical events that led this country to be drawn into the conflagration. It goes back to World War II with actions by President Harry Truman all the way up to President Johnson’s dramatic escalation of American participation. It is good to go back and follow the events that took us to war.

270 VVN – Low Country DAR Chapter Organizes Welcome Home Event for Vietnam Vets

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John F. Wade and Charlie McMahon in 1968 in South of Phu Bai, near the Troui River Valley. Wade’s daughter, Bonnie Wade Mucia is helping the DAR organize a thank-you event for Vietnam veterans.

In this episode we continue to notice the changing times as Vietnam Veterans are beginning to get the respect and gratitude they deserve for their service in Vietnam. The event acknowledged here is again organized by the DAR. This time in Bluffton, South Carolina. It is noted in an article in the Island Packet newspaper in nearby Hilton Head by David Lauderdale titled Send a belated ‘thank you’ letter to a Vietnam veteran.

He tells about the event being put on by the Emily Geiger Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Member Bonnie Wade Mucia is spearheading the effort to get the word out to as many Vietnam Veterans as possible. The event is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at the Rotary Community Center at Oscar Frazier Park, 11 Recreation Court, Bluffton. Information: 843-384-1477.

Wade wants a personal “thank-you” note to give each veteran. To receive letters, she set up a post office box, a Facebook page called DearVietnamVet, and an email account: DearVietnamVet@gmail.com.

Send letters thanking a veteran to: dearvietnamvet@gmail.com -or- Dear Vietnam Vet PO Box 1383 Bluffton SC 29910

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David Lauderdale

269 VVN – Vietnam Veterans’ honored at DAR luncheon

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Vietnam Veterans Isaac Jones, Eddie Brierly, and Marion Sidwell look at their certificates.

The times are a changing. Slowly but surely Vietnam Veterans are beginning to get the thanks and appreciation from the country they bravely served in a challenging war far far away.

It this episode a story about Vietnam Veterans being honored is featured. It comes from the News Democrat in Georgetown, Ohio. The article describes where local Vietnam Veterans were honored at a DAR luncheon in Ripley. Listen to the story and you will be uplifted.

268VVN – Volunteer Drivers Needed For Vet Hospital Visits

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Van driver Stanley Borek, second from right, checks in a veteran before he drives to the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center in Dublin. WOODY MARSHALL — wmarshall@macon.com

There is a need for volunteer drivers to help get veterans to the hospital for appointments. In the episode a story from The Telegraph in Macon “Middle Georgia’s News Source” titled Volunteer drivers needed for midstate veterans to get care by Wayne Crenshaw is featured. It tells about volunteers driving Disabled American Veterans vans used to get veterans in the middle Georgia area to their appoints at the VA hospital.

Chris Hunkel coordinates all the drivers for the Dublin VA in the Macon – Warner Robbins area. If you would like to do a great service for your fellow veterans give him a call at 478-277-2775. Drivers must pass a criminal background check, a driving record check and have a physical. The VA hospital will do the physical at no cost. So what are you waiting for?

If you are located in another part of the country and would like to volunteer to drive a DAV van go to this website for more information: http://www.dav.org/help-dav/volunteer/drive-a-van/

267VVN – USA Pledges $10 Million to Help Clean Up Landmines in Vietnam

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Mines Advisory Group (MAG) Vietnam’s technician Daniel Dobb (R) shows an Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) detector to US Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller (L) during a field trip in Quang Tri Province on March 2, 2015. Photo credit: Reuters

It is estimated by the UK-based Mines Advisory Group that ten percent of the bombs dropped on Vietnam during the war did not go off. That legacy of unexploded bombs is still killing Vietnamese civilians today.

Not long ago the US announced it would contribute $10 million to assist in the effort to remove unexploded ordnance from the lands of Vietnam. Heavy emphasis will be placed on Quang Tri Province which was one of the most bombed areas of South Vietnam.

Listen to this episode where an article from the Nguoi Lao Dong (Laborers) newspaper tells about the program.

266VVN – New Jersey College Promotes Veterans Education

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Brad Brezinski, Thomas Edison State College ’04 graduate, on set of the Comcast PSA that he starred in highlighting the school’s veterans education program. (Joe Guzzardo Communications Director at Thomas Edison State College)

Whenever you stop learning your start dying. Thomas Edison State College at Trenton, New Jersey has a program that will help veterans keep living by helping them to keep learning.

In this episode we will be looking at an article from The Times of Trenton by Brielle Urciuoli titled: “Thomas Edison State College teams with Comcast to promote veteran education program.” It tells about the College teaming up with Vietnam Veterans of America and the National Veteran Business Development Council to produce two public service announcements to encourage veterans to further their education.

The College has a great program where they give college credit for military experience and they make it possible for veterans to attend college classes off campus.

Get more information from Louis Martini, director of Thomas Edison’s Office of Military and Veteran education. (609) 777-5696 militaryeducation@tesc.edu