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Jan Scruggs is founder of the nation's Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC. Vietnam War Stories are a way to discuss military service and the Memorial. Hear inspiring stories of overcoming obstacles from veterans. Each did what was asked of them by the nation -risking their lives. The effort for the Memorial had its beginning in his study of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder while getting a Masters Degree from American University. Scruggs continues to monitor the societal, spiritual and other impacts of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC. He is Chairman of the Selective Service National Appeals Board and a Member of the District of Columbia Bar Association. Contact at FOUNDEROFTHEWALL@gmail.com

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Jan Scruggs is founder of the nation's Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC. Vietnam War Stories are a way to discuss military service and the Memorial. Hear inspiring stories of overcoming obstacles from veterans. Each did what was asked of them by the nation -risking their lives. The effort for the Memorial had its beginning in his study of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder while getting a Masters Degree from American University. Scruggs continues to monitor the societal, spiritual and other impacts of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC. He is Chairman of the Selective Service National Appeals Board and a Member of the District of Columbia Bar Association. Contact at FOUNDEROFTHEWALL@gmail.com

    Preparing for Nuclear War in the Cuban Crisis and Delivering Supplies to the Marines Khe Sahn!

    Preparing for Nuclear War in the Cuban Crisis and Delivering Supplies to the Marines Khe Sahn!

    Major Major ( not his real name)   is an Air Force Veteran who, in 1962 was prepared to use nuclear weapons if ordered to do so by  President Kennedy.  The crisis passed.   He resumed duty which included delivering ammo and other supplies while his aircraft was under enemy fire in Viet Nam.  These missions included Khe Sahn where US Marines were under heavy fire as were the aircraft supplying them with Ammo..

    • 17 min
    Nam Combat Medic --- Jim Rothblatt -- Educator in Palm Springs!!

    Nam Combat Medic --- Jim Rothblatt -- Educator in Palm Springs!!

    Jim Rothblatt was a courageous medic in Vietnam.    He helped US soldiers who were wounded. Not all survived   He was, at times, under enemy fire.
    From Vietnam he drove a bus loaded with Vietnamese refugees who settled in California.  Many ended up in Orange County at "Little Saigon".

    Many remain his friends.   Jim had a career in education where he now lives in Palm Springs.

    • 21 min
    Healing the Wounds of War --- Richmond Virginia

    Healing the Wounds of War --- Richmond Virginia

                                   A TIME TO HEAL
    Ian Berry is a veteran of Afghanistan and a graduate of West Point.  He contacted me months ago to share his vision of finding Positive Outcomes for the city of Richmond with implications for, maybe, healing  Wounds of War on a wider scale.  Divisiveness and the cultural words of War/Civil unrest are deep in the heart of America.   Last year an divisive symbol was removed from places like Richmond, reminders of slavery and a war that cost 700,000 lives.   The symbol was the statue of Robert E Lee. It  has been removed.  

    A new symbol is needed in the space known as Lee Circle.  What should it be?   We need symbols that create unity instead of division,  The symbol being planned is a place to honor the recipients of the Medal of Honor.     I hoped that the Memorial to Vietnam Vets would help heal the nation.     I have the same hope for Richmond with this endeavor... 

    • 16 min
    Pennsylvania Judge Ended Up as a Rifleman in Vietnam

    Pennsylvania Judge Ended Up as a Rifleman in Vietnam

    Tom Munley is a respected Judge in Scranton Pennsylvania.   He was a teacher who volunteered for the draft to serve his country.  

    He expected the US Army to send him to a place such as Paris, France.  This brief Podcast tells the story of how a teacher ended up in the Infantry in Vietnam.

    • 12 min
    Hawaii Viet Vet Becomes Gold Star Father

    Hawaii Viet Vet Becomes Gold Star Father

    Alan Hoe comes from a tradition of warriors going all the way back to wars between the Chieftains of Hawaii prior to the arrival of the Europeans and Americans.   this was dramatic warfare as early as the 11th Century.

    Alan got drafted into the US Army at age 19.   He  saw heavy combat in Vietnam as a Medic. 

    He tells the story of his talented son who was Killed In Action in Mosul and offers advice to others who must face tragedy. 

    Allen is an American hero.  Lawyer, Judge, Combat Medic! 

    • 16 min
    An American At The Vietnam Vets Memorial. Salute to 40 years of service!!

    An American At The Vietnam Vets Memorial. Salute to 40 years of service!!

    Pat Pellerin is a well known expert on public relations and media relations. 
    Pat was an Army Captain in Vietnam who got involved in the effort to build the Memorial which had many challenges from the media, Congress and the public.

    He spends considerable time at the Memorial  welcoming visitors and answering questions about the Memorial and its related elements

    • 14 min

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Danamichele5 ,

The unspoken, finally spoken...

My father was in Vietnam and like many, did not speak about his experiences. How our men were treated upon returning home from war was and still is unforgivable. ...Standing in front of the Vietnam Memorial Wall brought tears to my eyes and I heaviness to my heart. I can now clearly see how deeply we were all affected by and continue to be affected by one generation who had to painfully endured their suffering in silence. Thank you for sharing your stories and thank you for dedicating years of your life to ensure that our fallen heroes will never be forgotten. ...You too will never ever be forgotten ❤️

abandoned 101 ,

Jan Scruggs—Story of the Wall

I have contemplated a thousand things to say but only one can do this great man justice.
Thank you Jan Scruggs

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