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Veterans History Project Recognizes Vietnam Veterans with Web Feature PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Library of Congress   
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 14:58
Fifty years later, the Vietnam War remains part of the nation’s collective consciousness. For the veterans who served during this era, this conflict has particular meaning.

The Veterans History Project (VHP) has launched the latest installment in its Experiencing War website presentation, titled “Vietnam War: Looking Back, Part 1.” The website feature, one of 37 created thus far, highlights the wartime stories of veterans who served during the Vietnam War. These remarkable and intriguing stories are digitized and accessible on VHP’s website, www.loc.gov/vets/.  

“Veterans who served during the Vietnam War are still affected to this very day by what they saw, heard and experienced, and this new web feature provides a peek into some of the most intimate details from that era,” said Veterans History Project Director Robert Patrick. “The Veterans History Project is honored to join the Department of Defense and the entire nation in commemorating the 50th anniversary of the start of the Vietnam War – a period in history that will never be forgotten.”

Vietnam veteran Tom Hagel said, “When we think of war, whether it’s Vietnam or any other war, we think of it as a unitary subject … but there are millions of Vietnam Wars.”

One of the veterans spotlighted in VHP’s new feature is Second Lt. Michael Burns, an Air Force pilot who tells the harrowing tale of being shot down on his 18th combat mission over North Vietnam and spending the next 56 months in captivity. Others include Army chaplain David Polhemus and Navy nurse Gail Gutierrez, both of whom share how they worked to heal the mental and physical wounds of the war and witnessed firsthand the toll that it took on their fellow servicemen and women and themselves. Air Force Col. Frank Tomlinson and Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Ralph Garcia describe what it was like to go on to have careers in the military, while other veterans struggled to put their service experiences behind them.  

“Vietnam War: Looking Back, Part 1” is the first of four Vietnam War-related features to be launched over the next year. The stories shared are but a few of the “millions of Vietnam Wars” embodied by the stories of Vietnam veterans. These interviews represent a wide variety of branches, service locations and military roles. Collectively, they illuminate the dramatic and ongoing effects of the war on those who participated.  

Congress created the Veterans History Project in 2000 to collect, preserve and make accessible the firsthand remembrances of America’s war veterans from WWI through the current conflicts, so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. For more information, visit www.loc.gov/vets/ or call the toll-free message line at (888) 371-5848. Subscribe to the VHP RSS to receive periodic updates of VHP news.

Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution. The Library seeks to advance the knowledge and creativity of the American people through its collections, programs and services. Many of the Library’s rich resources can be accessed through its website at www.loc.gov.

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UI gives veterans safe harbor PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Hawkeye Caucus   
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 14:54

As a petty officer second class in the Navy, it was Adam Connell’s job to successfully board ships being used for arms smuggling, drug trafficking, and other nefarious activities in South America and the Persian Gulf.

To get from his frigate to a 200,000-ton supertanker commandeered by pirates and other bad guys took telescopic hook ladders, precision timing, and lots of nerve, especially since the ships were sometimes traveling abreast at speeds of 25 knots.

But the distance Connell had to travel from ship to ship pales in comparison to the cultural gap he’s had to bridge transitioning from almost five years of military life to campus life as a nursing student at the University of Iowa.

Fortunately, Connell, a sophomore working on his Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, found a range of services the UI offers to make the transition to college for veterans a bit easier financially, academically, and even socially.

Connell enrolled in the first-ever meeting of the College of Education class “Life After War: Post-Deployment Issues,” designed exclusively to help veterans examine their military experiences, while honing study skills. He got a work-study position in the UI Veterans Service Office, which offers veterans access to computers and tutoring, through a collaborative program between the UI and the VA Hospital in Iowa City. And he met other veterans through the UI Veterans Association.

QUOTE/UNQUOTE

Adam Connell: “The support offered through the UI Veterans Association really helped me out a lot. I was able to hang out with people who speak the same language as I do. And it was just good having camaraderie again, something I took for granted when I was on active duty.”

DID YOU KNOW?

Iowa and Texas are the first two states being used as test beds for a pilot Hero to Hired program that connects veterans with employers eager to hire them, using a website and mobile app. The UI is helping direct veterans to the service, which will add four additional states in 2013, and is working to get listed on the H2H website as an institution seeking veteran job applicants.

FYI

Learn more about some of the many ways the UI is helping veterans succeed at http://now.uiowa.edu/2012/04/giving-veterans-helping-hand

 
UI gives veterans safe harbor PDF Print E-mail
News Releases - Military & Veterans News
Written by Hawkeye Caucus   
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 14:54

As a petty officer second class in the Navy, it was Adam Connell’s job to successfully board ships being used for arms smuggling, drug trafficking, and other nefarious activities in South America and the Persian Gulf.

To get from his frigate to a 200,000-ton supertanker commandeered by pirates and other bad guys took telescopic hook ladders, precision timing, and lots of nerve, especially since the ships were sometimes traveling abreast at speeds of 25 knots.

But the distance Connell had to travel from ship to ship pales in comparison to the cultural gap he’s had to bridge transitioning from almost five years of military life to campus life as a nursing student at the University of Iowa.

Fortunately, Connell, a sophomore working on his Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, found a range of services the UI offers to make the transition to college for veterans a bit easier financially, academically, and even socially.

Connell enrolled in the first-ever meeting of the College of Education class “Life After War: Post-Deployment Issues,” designed exclusively to help veterans examine their military experiences, while honing study skills. He got a work-study position in the UI Veterans Service Office, which offers veterans access to computers and tutoring, through a collaborative program between the UI and the VA Hospital in Iowa City. And he met other veterans through the UI Veterans Association.

QUOTE/UNQUOTE

Adam Connell: “The support offered through the UI Veterans Association really helped me out a lot. I was able to hang out with people who speak the same language as I do. And it was just good having camaraderie again, something I took for granted when I was on active duty.”

DID YOU KNOW?

Iowa and Texas are the first two states being used as test beds for a pilot Hero to Hired program that connects veterans with employers eager to hire them, using a website and mobile app. The UI is helping direct veterans to the service, which will add four additional states in 2013, and is working to get listed on the H2H website as an institution seeking veteran job applicants.

FYI

Learn more about some of the many ways the UI is helping veterans succeed at http://now.uiowa.edu/2012/04/giving-veterans-helping-hand

 
Agriculture Secretary Vilsack to Host Event in Iowa on Helping Veterans Find Work; Discuss Presidential 'To Do List' to Assist Local Veterans PDF Print E-mail
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Written by USDA Communications   
Tuesday, 29 May 2012 14:54

WASHINGTON, May 24, 2012 - TOMORROW, Agriculture Secretary Vilsack will meet with Iowa veterans to discuss a key component of President Obama's Congressional "To Do List": The need to honor our commitment to veterans by passing legislation creating a Veterans Jobs Corps, to help hire returning service members to serve their communities.

 

Secretary Vilsack will highlight military service by men and women from rural America, and discuss some of the work USDA is doing right now to provide economic opportunity for veterans, particularly the more than 6 million who live in rural areas.

 

Friday, May 25, 2012

10:45 a.m. CDT

 

WHAT: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will host a media availability immediately following a roundtable discussion with Iowa veterans on President Obama's Congressional "To Do List": employment for returning service members.

 

WHERE: Boline-Manfredi VFW Post 9662

1309 NE 66th Ave

Des Moines, Iowa

 

 
Loebsack: Iowa Air Guard’s 132nd to Welcome President; Again Prove Why They Are Second to None PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Tuesday, 29 May 2012 14:00

Air Force One will land at the Iowa Air Guard Base

 

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement on the eve of President Obama’s visit to Iowa.  The President will arrive aboard Air Force One at the Iowa Air Guard’s 132nd Fighter Wing base in Des Moines.  Earlier this year, the Air Force announced a proposal to retire the 132nd’s F-16’s and eliminate 378 positions.  Since that announcement, Loebsack has been working as the only member of Congress from Iowa serving on the House Armed Services Committee, to stop the Air Force’s proposal.  Loebsack’s bipartisan initiative to prevent the elimination of Air National Guard positions and the retirement or transfer of Air National Guard aircraft, including the F-16’s based in Des Moines, was approved by the House of Representatives last week as part of the annual defense policy bill known as the FY 2013 National Defense Authorization Act.

 

“Iowans are proud of the 132nd’s work and now the President will be able to see why.  When it comes to hard work and performance, Iowa’s 132nd Fighter Wing is truly second to none.  The plan to eliminate Iowa Airmen’s positions and retire their aircraft was short sighted for both taxpayers and national security.  I am proud to have worked to stop this proposal and to fight for the men and women of the Iowa National Guard who have served our country and our state with great dedication and honor.”

 

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