175 VVN – Vietnam Veteran Appreciation Events Planned

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Heather French Henry the commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs

Two upcoming events to honor Vietnam Veterans are featured in this episode. One is about a moving wall appearance in Danville, Virginia set for the Veterans Day Weekend. All in the Western Virginia are encouraged to go to the event and honor our Vietnam Veterans.

The State of Kentucky is actively participating in the DOD’s Vietnam War 50 Year Commemoration. Heather French Henry the commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs tells about the activities in that state to honor Vietnam Veterans.

174 VVN – Some Veterans are Triple Dipping

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UNITED STATES – NOVEMBER 11: It’s Veterans’ Day, a national holiday, and at the WWII memorial: Pictured, the Reverend Dr. Rufus Jackson, Sr., right, a veteran of the Pacific theater in WWII, joins with Aloysius Albritton, left, and members of his church in a commemoration ceremony at the memorial. They have all come up from Virginia Beach, VA for this Veterans’ Day celebration. (Photo by Bill O’Leary/Washington Post/Getty Images)

In a GAO report requested by Senator Tom Coburn it was pointed out that many veterans of all wars are collecting more than one disability pension. In the episode an article from AOL by Matthew Daly discusses the report and various opinions on the subject.

173 VVN – Vietnamese Refugee Finds Success in Australia

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Julia Legian arrived in Australia as a penniless Vietnamese refugee and has managed to amass a large property empire. Picture: Toby Zerna

In this episode you will hear the incredible of Vietnam refugee Julia Legian. I see her story as validation for what we were fighting for in Vietnam and that was for freedom and liberty.

Julia’s story of escape from the tyranny of Communist Vietnam is rather typical but it takes an inspiring turn from there. Her family was sponsored by a group in Australia and from there she made history.

In a few short years she seized a real estate opportunity and parlayed it into a sizable estate that allows her to live the good life. Her story is a testimony to the value of freedom and liberty we were fighting for in Vietnam.

172 VVN – John Rossie Reports on Agent Orange Lawsuit

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An aircraft carrier operating off the coast of Vietnam.

In this episode John Rossie, Executive Director of the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Association tells about an upcoming hearing at a Federal Court in Washington, D.C. The Association has sued the VA for Agent Orange equity for Blue Water Navy Veterans.

The VA has asked a Federal Court to dismiss the lawsuit. The hearing scheduled for December 4 in Washington will decide the fate of the Association’s lawsuit which is aimed at getting help for the veterans.

All persons who have an interest in the success of this lawsuit are encouraged to attend the hearing to show the judge there is a great deal of positive interest in this lawsuit continuing. It is set for 10:00 am in Court Room #2 in the Federal Court Building in Washington, D.C. on December 4, 2014. Please attend if you can.

 

171 VVN – Battle of Ia Drang Valley, Part 4

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Second Lieutenant Walter Marm, awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for actions at the Battle of Ia Drang Valley.

This episode will be part 4 of our look at the Battle of the Ia Drang Valley. You will see why this battle was designated as one of the three main battles of that war.

After the 1st of the 7th Cav was withdrawn from LZ X-Ray the 2nd of the 7th Cav and the 2nd of the 5th Cav remained. After a one day stay those two battalions were directed to withdraw and had to fight their way out which involved fierce hand to hand combat. The story is replete with numerous examples of incredible acts of heroism by the 1st Cav Division troopers.

This look back at the deeds of some incredibly heroic Americans should make us all proud. I hope that all those who had the misguided idea that American soldiers in Vietnam were less than the heroes they were will finally recognize the truth and beg for forgiveness from those brave souls.

 

170 VVN – Battle of Ia Drang Valley, Part 3

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A Soldier of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry, during the fight for LZ X-Ray in the Ia Drang Valley of Vietnam.

This episode will be part 3 of our look at the Battle of the Ia Drang Valley. You will see why this battle was designated as one of the three main battles of that war.

Describing this battle was so breathtaking I had to add another episode to provide an adequate description of this battle and all the brave acts of the American soldiers of the 1st Cavalry Division.

Hope you enjoy this look back at the accomplishments of some heroic Americans that should make us all proud. I hope that some of those who had the misguided idea that American soldiers in Vietnam were less than the heroes they were can finally know the truth and beg for forgiveness from those brave souls.

 

169 VVN – Battle of Ia Drang Valley, Part 2

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Bruce P. Crandall’s UH-1 Huey helicopter and U.S. Air Cavalrymen under fire at LZ X-Ray.

This episode will be part 2 of our look at the Battle of the Ia Drang Valley. You will see why this battle was designated as one of the three main battles of that war.

Also in this episode I started the tradition of saluting listeners of this podcast. If you want to be saluted on this podcast, all you have to do is click on the Contact Us button at the top of the site and send my your name and country and you will be saluted in the next episode so don’t delay.

168 VVN – Battle of Ia Drang Valley, Part 1

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Lieutenant Colonel Hal Moore commander of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry at The Battle of Ia Drang Valley.

In this episode we will begin a three part(maybe four) look at the third of the three major battles of the Vietnam War. They are the battles of Dak To and Hamburger Hill and the Battle of Ia Drang Valley.

 

This battle was famous enough for Hollywood to make a movie about it with Mel Gibson portraying one of the main protagonists in the fray. Gibson played the part of Lieutenant Colonel Hal Moore commander of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry.

167 VVN – Hmong Allies Seek Burial Rights

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Hmong fighters supporting US actions in Laos during Vietnam War.

The Hmong people of Laos were brave, effective and loyal allies for the US during the Vietnam War. After their country fell to the Communists many fled to America and have become model citizens.

Today they are seeking the right to be buried in US veteran cemeteries. In this episode a story about their quest for this right is shared.

You are all encouraged to let your Congressperson know about this pending legislation and insist they support it for the sake of our brave allies in that war.

166 VVN – Honoring Wisconsin’s Veterans

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Wisconsin Secretary of Veterans Affairs John Scocos

Veterans Day is coming up and across the nation veterans are being honored for their service. Vietnam Veterans are getting a little more attention these days primarily due to the Presidentially proclaimed Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration.

In this episode we are looking at the Veterans Day functions planned in the State of Wisconsin. In an article written by Chris Mertes of the Sun Prairie Star Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) Secretary John A. Scocos laid out the plans to honor our veterans. This year special emphasis is being placed on those veterans who suffered POW and missing status.

Details of the events including speakers, dates and times are provided. For more information you can contact Chris Mertes, the writer of the article at:

608-837-2521

spedit@hngnews.com