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  • The VVA Veteran-Veterans Incarcerated Committee Report
    the prisons walls The slow careful and deliberate development of a truly astounding variety of programs involved a huge amount of work on the parts of the incarcerated members their sponsors and the prison administration and security personnel Maybe however the work involved paled in comparison to the amount of patience and psychic labor required See coverage on Nevada Incarcerated Chapters The fruits that have been borne from this collaboration are not just feel good window dressing These are programs that require real labor and that yield real results By using the vehicle of Vietnam Veterans of America these men are discovering and redefining personal meaning and purpose During the 2005 National Convention in Reno I encourage you to give some thought to what our brother veterans incarcerated are accomplishing just 25 miles south of Reno I encourage you too to take time and seek out Terry Hubert and Gary Meneley Both of these men will be at the Convention Both have served as lightning rods for these incarcerated chapters When I refer to Terry and Gary as lightning rods it s an acknowledgment of the enormous amount of energy both men have been gifted with It s also an

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  • The VVA Veteran- Arts of War
    to make a pilgrimage with him to Vietnam where her story has a happy ending As has been the case for countless Vietnam veterans who lost comrades in the war as well as for sons daughters and wives of Americans who perished in the war the visit to present day Vietnam proved to be an emotional tonic for Jack Hulme s widow The camera catches it all you can see it in Ellen Hulme s body language as she is charmed by the friendship of everyday Vietnamese especially the small children she encounters Her burden is almost literally lifted off her shoulders That s a priceless gift bestowed on a war widow by her son and it provides a very special moment in a very special documentary For more info about the film go to www hbo com docs programs unknownsoldier and www unknownsoldiermovie com FAITHFUL FAITH Sen John McCain of Arizona the former Vietnam War POW published a more than decent autobiography Faith of My Fathers in 1999 Although he was running for the Republican presidential nomination at the time McCain and his co author Mark Salter the long time chief of staff of his Senate office did not produce a typical campaign biography McCain s best selling book instead concentrated on the lives of his Navy admiral father and grandfather and on his five years of hell as a POW in the Hanoi Hilton On Memorial Day A E presented a docu dramatic version of Faith of My Fathers directed by Peter Markle who directed among many other films the 1988 Nam War rescue flick BAT 21 which also was based on a true story Markle and William Bingham wrote the screenplay The film is true to the basic outline of McCain s book in that it pays tribute to his grandfather and father John McCain Sr and John Jack McCain Jr both of whom were four star admirals and focuses on Sen McCain s POW experience Steely eyed Scott Glenn nearly steals the show as Jack McCain Shawn Hatosy does a credible job as the main character The Hanoi Hilton scenes are eerily realistic Overall the film packs a strong emotional punch NAM FILMS 101 I have only one big complaint about the AMC documentary Hollywood Vietnam an hour long anecdotal history of Vietnam War films which also aired on Memorial Day The producers did on camera interviews with a slew of articulate folks who know their Nam movies including Vietnam veterans Sen Chuck Hagel Lee Ermey Ron Kovic VVA founder Bobby Muller and former Sen Max Clelland but they never contacted a guy who s seen them all and written extensively about them since the early 1980s your arts editor Still without my help producer and director Robert Stone did a creditable job Stone uses his talking heads along with clips from the films to take a look at the history of the genre He goes over some two dozen films and examines among other things

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  • The VVA Veteran
    Andrew Carroll s Behind the Lines Scribner 495 pp 30 is a sterling collection of some 200 heretofore unpublished letters that Carroll gathered from the United States and 35 other nations dealing with wars from the American Revolution to today s conflict in Iraq Journalist Michael Sledge deals with the Vietnam War in his deeply researched extremely detailed Soldier Dead How We Recover Identify Bury and Honor Our Military Fallen Columbia University 352 pp 35 a history of how the American military has handled deaths on the battlefield since the Civil War James G Blight and Janet M Lang s The Fog of War Lessons from the Life of Robert S McNamara Rowan Littlefield 304 pp 55 hardcover 17 95 paper is a recapitulation of the former Defense Secretary s self aggrandizing performance in the Errol Morris documentary of the same name The authors advisers on the film can t say enough good things about McNamara praising him for his passionate concern for the human future and his hard work and courage Osprey a British publisher specializes in concise objectively written well illustrated looks at military topics Osprey is offering seven Vietnam War paperback titles available in this country from MBI Publishing Vietnam Tracks Armor In Battle 1945 75 196 pp 24 95 and Vietnam Choppers Helicopters in Battle 208 pp 24 95 both by Simon Dunstan Essential Histories The Vietnam War 1956 1975 95 pp 14 95 by Andrew Weist Tet Offensive 1968 Turning Point in Vietnam 96 pp 17 05 by James R Arnold Green Berets in Vietnam 1957 73 64 pp 15 25 by Gordon Rottman U S Marine Corps Tank Crewman 1965 70 64 pp 16 95 and Vietnam Marines 1965 73 64 pp 15 25 by Charles Melson For more info go to www motorbooks com Fourth Uncle in the Mountain A Memoir of a Barefoot Doctor in Vietnam St Martin s 352 pp 25 95 is the evocative story of a Vietnamese folk hero and his adopted son The book written by the son Quang Van Nguyen with Majorie Pivar deals in large part with the American War and provides a point of view of folks living in a small village near the Cambodian border that is not often available on these shores Nguyen Phu Duc who served as a high ranking foreign affairs official in the South Vietnamese government offers his insights into the Johnson and Nixon administrations Vietnam War diplomacy in The Viet Nam Peace Negotiations Saigon s Side of the Story Dalley Book Service 462 pp 25 95 paper For more info go to www dalleybookservice com Johnny Mayo s Buck s Heroes Wentworth 28 95 hardcover 16 95 paper is a moving tribute to the dogs that served in the Vietnam War The book tells in words and drawings by Tonia Marynell of the day that Mayo who served with the 173rd Airborne s 39th Scout Dog Platoon in 1970 71 spent with his dog Buck at The Wall in

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  • The VVA Veteran
    James Craig Roger Beach George Stewart Roland Mayhew and Steve Everett The mobile museum run by Appleton Wisconsin Chapter 351 has the distinction of being the largest non profit collection of Vietnam War artifacts in the state Chapter members regularly set up the display at area high schools and talk to students about what it was like to take part in the war The chapter provides the museum at no cost to the schools and has made many return visits to schools All of the weapons and ammunition in the exhibit have been rendered inoperative and cannot be restored to firing condition Paul Kobeluch of Chicago Northwest Suburban Chapter 311 commanded a combined color guard and Dick Klopp presented a chapter wreath at the Lake Park Memorial Pavilion May 30 in Memorial Day ceremonies that paid tribute to Marine Corporal Peter J Giannopoulos of Des Plaines who was killed in action in Iraq Members of Santa Rosa California Chapter 223 took part in several community service events in May including their annual Human Race The chapter color guard participated for the 20th time in the annual Rose Parade and Armed Forces Celebration on May 21 and was rewarded by winning the first place trophy John P Lavelle and four other members of the honor guard of Chapter 776 in Bettendorf Iowa marched in their city s Fourth of July Parade A large crowd greeted the VVA members with loud cheers Led by Tom Hoffman members of Chapter 731 Manitowoc County Wisconsin working with students from Lincoln High School placed American flags on the graves of veterans at four cemeteries on Memorial Day Chapter members also took part in a Memorial Day parade which began at Vietnam Veterans Park in Two Rivers Members of Westchester County New York Chapter 49 ran a Watch Fire at the VA Medical Center in Montrose on May 29 Then on Memorial Day a large chapter contingent marched in the Chappaqua parade The chapter s color guard participated in Flag Day ceremonies on June 10 sponsored by the Mamaroneck Elks On June 10 11 the chapter held its biggest fund raising event the Fol De Rol selling VVA pins tee shirts and other items SCHOLARSHIPS For the 12th consecutive year VVA s Northern Virginia Chapter 227 in May awarded a 1 000 scholarship to the Arlington Public Schools Language Training summer school project Nearly 300 students have benefited from the chapter s financial support The chapter also presented its ninth annual Vince Kaspar Awards for Excellence in the Arts to several deserving local secondary school students The James Michael Ray Chapter 818 in Woonsocket Rhode Island has established the Raymond A Mailloux Jr 66 Scholarship at Mount St Charles Academy In May chapter members Michael Woods the secretary Joe Gamache the vice president Richard Guerin the treasurer and Rev Philip Salois VVA s National Chaplain and the chapter president along with family members presented a 5 000 check to the academy as initial funding for the

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  • The VVA Veteran
    veterans undergo medical treatment The result was the Veterans Guest House program a unique private not for profit undertaking that supports America s veterans in their time of need Because veterans and their families live throughout the state and often must travel great distances for specialized medical care the Veterans Guest House provides a comfort home near the Reno VAMC The Veterans Guest House gives families the comforts of home in a supportive environment Social services at both the Reno VAMC and the Washoe Medical Center refer qualified families to the Veterans Guest House In 1991 several obstacles and hurdles had to be overcome In 1992 93 a building fund was established and a tax exempt status obtained In 1994 the present location was leased and an option to buy was executed that December On Veterans Day 2004 a new house was dedicated Parents spouses other relatives or anyone supporting a seriously ill or injured inpatient veteran may stay at the Veterans Guest House Eligible families stay as guests without cost There is never a charge for lodging food or services A contribution of 25 per guest is requested to help defray costs but no one is refused for lack

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  • The VVA Veteran
    is to collect and preserve the legacy of service among women from all branches of the military The museum has 5 000 square feet of exhibits a 60 seat theater 25 000 square feet of storage space and hosts nearly 23 000 visitors annually Director Judy Matteson said guests are constantly amazed by the variety of tasks women have accomplished in service to their country People don t recognize that women play such a large part in today s military Matteson said From supply clerk to surgeon from attorney to nurse the scope of jobs in the military reflects in many ways the ever expanding role of women The reasons why women enlist aren t any different than the reason why men do Women are every bit as patriotic as men and joining the military gives them opportunities they might not have otherwise That includes educational and professional opportunities Matteson said she is impressed with the female soldiers who get assigned detail at the museum They just do everything It s amazing to watch them You can throw anything at them and they do their best One of the things the military teaches them is that anything is possible Matteson said She believes that getting the public to accept the expanding role of women in the military is just a matter of time and better education I think it s just ingrained in our culture that men have always fought the wars It wasn t until World War II that people actually saw women serving Matteson said The museum wasn t always located at Fort Lee Initially it was located at Fort McClellan Alabama home to the Women s Army Corps WAC Center and School In 1954 a group of women recognized that the Women s Army Corps needed a

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  • Pilgrim's Progress: Wayne Karlin and the Vietnam War
    School Demonstration Troop unit We were basically Marines they used to run problems against the officer candidates he said We would go out and ambush them Everybody in the unit with one or two exceptions was back from Vietnam and waiting to be discharged It was a rather strange time After his discharge in July 1967 Karlin decided to go to college He also decided he had to write about what he had experienced in Vietnam He had earned a GED in the Marine Corps but that didn t help him get into college So he worked a series of jobs in White Plains delivering cars for Avis driving a medical truck delivering oxygen the usual series of strange jobs as he put it That convinced him to head to California and take advantage of the all but free community college system He drove cross country and enrolled at Pierce College in Los Angeles College in those days in California was like everything else in California in 68 and 69 he said We were the cusp of that young revolution I think 20 percent of the campus was returning Vietnam veterans He started writing there mostly fiction about the war But Karlin s creative writing professor proved a hindrance The instructor just didn t get it he said He was kind of representative of the world at that time Nobody really was getting it Writing about the war was a thing I had to do and a thing that I think every other writer who came out of the war had to do he said to find our voices in order to communicate at an intellectual spiritual and emotional level what was happening there Nobody was getting it They were getting it only through the prism of whatever was convenient to their understanding Karlin didn t major in English he chose journalism and became editor of the student newspaper Then in 1970 he was offered a full scholarship at a college in Jerusalem and jumped at the opportunity He finished his degree in Israel and worked there until 1972 as a freelance journalist when he returned home and snagged a job as a reporter for the Gannett newspapers in New York Karlin also had written some short stories that he d sent to Basil Paquet and Jan Barry two Vietnam veterans who founded First Casualty Press in Connecticut with the goal of putting together an anthology of Vietnam War stories by Vietnam veterans Soon after that Karlin found himself the third equal partner running the operation along with Paquet and Larry Rottmann I went up to Connecticut to see them and they used my stories in the anthology Then one thing led to another and I ended up being asked to come in as an editor he said I felt strongly about doing that I quit my job and went to live with them in this big house in Connecticut It was a bare bones non profit endeavor with the

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  • A Winning Tribute: The Nevada Vietnam Memorial
    Brown a Chapter 388 member who was a senior corrections officer at Stewart In the late nineties Mills Park underwent design changes changes that meant that the small Vietnam Veterans Memorial would have to be moved The Parks Department suggested a larger memorial said Chapter 388 president Terry Hubert and that s when I got involved Hubert had joined VVA in 1995 when he was assistant warden of Nevada s Lovelock Correctional Center where he helped found Chapter 834 They re now the largest VVA chapter in Nevada Hubert told us in an interview and spend most of their time working on yard beautification projects and drug treatment programs Hubert who later transferred to the Nevada State Prison got together with then Chapter 388 president Jim Weller whose day job was Carson City s Director of Public Safety to work out the details for the new and expanded memorial We re both former Marines Hubert said and we hit it off Weller and Hubert met with Carson City Parks and Recreation Department architects and planners who suggested putting up a new concrete cast memorial I said Wait a minute we have rocks My guys would be enthused to use native sandstone to do it Hubert said City officials agreed So I met with inmate sculptors and we dug up huge hunks of flag rock behind the prison Hubert said That same area had provided brown sandstone rock for the prison itself as well as for many other state buildings including the Nevada State Capitol We used old rejected rock several tons of it Hubert said We were thrilled to do it and the new memorial was the result of the combined efforts of three VVA chapters including two incarcerated The Nevada Vietnam Memorial today consists of five sculpted boulders each

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