Our first story contributor, John A. Robinson, shared the story of his service in the Navy, aboard an old WWII-class destroyer. John served in Vietnam, but he was never comfortable with referring to himself as a Vietnam Veteran, he felt that term was reserved for those “dodging bullets”, as he put it. This was something that had troubled him for many years. John later wrote us an email and said, “The feedback from your feature on me has resolved an issue that has nagged me for 4 decades.” He finally felt like he could wear the title Vietnam Veteran. This is when we knew that had something special on our hands.
The site has only been up for 12 days, and we are witnessing a community budding before our very eyes. The members are not only honoring and thanking the veterans. The veterans are making connections with the readers and one another. We have seen those suffering from PTSD receive support and friendship from others who have been down the same painful path. We have seen Vietnam Veterans who never received a single thank you; receive not only thanks, but great respect and admiration that was long overdue. We have witnessed deep wounds begin to be healed. It has been an amazing and touching experience.
We both have a long line of service members in our family. We are passionate about honoring our service men and women, and about veteran’s rights. We are currently working on a website that will accompany the blog. We feel that is important to provide a community driven space for our members. We want to offer them an interactive site where they can communicate and connect. Share their stories and resources. Start Support Groups. Coordinate their activist efforts and fundraising activities. Most importantly we want to create a place where our heroes are honored every day of their lives. These men, women and families who have sacrificed so much for our country deserve nothing less.
Project 365 Vets is actively seeking veterans who would like to share their stories. Wednesday’
Those interested in participating in the project are encouraged to visit http://365vets.wordpress.com or contact the project founder Tina Shang at firstname.lastname@example.org