About the Veteran Next DOor
All my life I have been surrounded by Veterans of wars our country has fought.
From Sunday School in the late 1950’s, elementary school through high school, there were always veterans involved in my life. All my favorite movies were black and white WWII movies, my comic books were SGT. Rock, and SGT Fury. My favorite toys were plastic soldiers, and as I grew older I began to understand the sacrifices these veterans had endured to serve our country.
The Vietnam War was winding down when I graduated from college, and I moved on from my childhood fantasies about being a soldier. As time moved on, I was lucky enough to be a professor at a local business college. The GI Bill was kicking in, and Vietnam Veterans were going back to school.
I had the opportunity to teach and learn from these veterans.
As I said earlier, my Sunday School Teachers were WWII veterans, my friends and students were Vietnam veterans, my daughter’s grandfather was involved in the Battle of the Bulge.
I left my career as a teacher and entered the financial services industry and soon learned I could help these veterans with their estate plans, and could provide free services to help guide them through the mazes and road blocks associated with the Veterans Administration. The aging World War II veterans needed my help. The Vietnam Veterans experiencing PTSD needed my help.
As I worked with these veterans I learned their stories – their pain, their sacrifices, the outcomes of their service.
I was asked by a local radio station to do a radio program about Veterans. I called it: THE VETERAN NEXT DOOR and broadcast my show for six years.
The end result of the radio show is this website, and the books I have written.
THE VETERAN NEXT DOOR is about the World War II Veterans I got to know and their stories. Vietnam: On the OUTSIDE LOOKING IN is about the Vietnam Veterans I got to know.
I hope you enjoy my website and if you choose you can purchase my books to read or as gifts.
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