‘A Time to Honor’

IVH Vietnam vets receive commemorative book

T-R PHOTO BY SARA JORDAN-HEINTZ
Tuesday afternoon at the Iowa Veterans Home, Dan Gannon, left, chairman for the Iowa Commission of Veterans Affairs, presented IVH’s 216 Vietnam War veterans with a copy of a newly released commemorative book, entitled “Vietnam War 50th Commemoration A Time to Honor: Stories of Service, Duty and Sacrifice.” IVH Commandant Timon Oujiri holds up a copy of the book.

T-R PHOTO BY SARA JORDAN-HEINTZ Tuesday afternoon at the Iowa Veterans Home, Dan Gannon, left, chairman for the Iowa Commission of Veterans Affairs, presented IVH’s 216 Vietnam War veterans with a copy of a newly released commemorative book, entitled “Vietnam War 50th Commemoration A Time to Honor: Stories of Service, Duty and Sacrifice.” IVH Commandant Timon Oujiri holds up a copy of the book.

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War (a special commemoration being observed from 2012-25), various veteran groups and organizations have been on a mission to honor the men and women who served in that conflict. Tuesday morning at the Iowa Veterans Home, Dan Gannon, chairman for the Iowa Commission of Veterans Affairs, was on hand to present each of IVH’s 216 Vietnam War veterans with a copy of a newly released commemorative book.

The book, entitled “Vietnam War 50th Commemoration A Time to Honor: Stories of Service, Duty and Sacrifice” is a 156-page hardcover tome, offering first-hand stories and pictures about the war effort. In the back of each book is a DVD copy of the 68-minute documentary “The Journey Home.”

Each state has been asked to contribute to its own edition of the book, so the men and women at IVH who were presented with the book, all received the “Iowa Edition” which includes a special 10-page Iowa-focused introduction, complete with an essay by former IVH Commandant Jodi Tymeson, and other Iowa figures.

“This is the story, as it should have been told, a long time ago,” Gannon said of the book. “I think it’s long overdue to recognize Vietnam War veterans and thank them and their families for their service.”

He noted how 115,000 Iowans served in that war, and 869 lost their lives.

The book was released by Remember My Service Productions, a partner of the Department of Defense Vietnam War 50th Commemoration. Funding for the release of the book was a team effort, including the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Iowa Public Television and national and state sponsors. These funds have made it possible for the book to be given to veterans, free of charge.

“We have purchased 40,000 of these books to give to Vietnam War veterans, [distributing them] at social service agencies, as an incentive to get them to apply for benefits and receive healthcare,” Gannon said.

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