This New Year rings in the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War – and Seattle University is hosting an event on Saturday, Jan. 11 to thank and honor both the veterans who fought in the war and their families.
The Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War, claimed more than 3 million lives — 58,000 of those lives were Americans and more than half were Vietnamese civilians. By 1969, at the peak of U.S. involvement in the war, more than 500,000 U.S. military personnel were involved in the Vietnam conflict.
History shows that many of those who served in Vietnam and returned to the states became successful contributors to American business and culture. For others, it took years of healing and for some, the bitter divide and backlash against those who served, the healing process continues.
For those who wish to pay tribute to those who served and sacrificed on behalf of the United States, join Medal of Honor recipient Major General Patrick H. Brady this Saturday at Seattle University Piggott Auditorium from 11 a.m. – noon. Parking is free and refreshments will be provided.
RSVP to Bonnie@Seattleu.edu or call 206-296-6430.
— By Michael Schindler
Michael Schindler, Navy veteran, and president of Edmonds-based Operation Military Family, is a guest writer for several national publications, author of the book “Operation Military Family” and “The Military Wire” blog. He is also a popular keynote and workshop speaker who reaches thousands of service members and their families every year through workshops and seminars that include “How to Battle-Ready Your Relationship” or “What Your Mother-in-Law Didn’t Tell You.” He received the 2010 Outstanding Patriotic Service Award from the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs.