Nebraska Vietnam Veterans reunion gets underway Thursday

LINCOLN, Neb. - More than 300 Vietnam Veterans and their spouses are expected to participate in the 33rd Annual Nebraska Vietnam Veterans Reunion.

The three day event begins Thursday, August 10 at the Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln.

One item on the agenda includes presentations from Bill “Hawk” Albracht, the author of Abandoned in Hell. Albracht served in the U.S. Army Special Forces, commonly referred to as the “Green Berets,” and is one of the most highly decorated veterans of the Vietnam War.

The reunion gets underway Thursday evening with a BBQ Dinner at Antelope Park from 5 – 7 p.m. Opening Ceremonies are set for 7:00 – 7:45 p.m. at the park’s Veterans Memorial Garden.

Friday morning sessions include a “Legacy Writing about Vietnam” workshop with Bill Fitts.

Fitts, who served as a medical corpsman in Vietnam, has taught literature and composition classes at Union College in Lincoln for the past thirty years. He notes that “war history is often told by reporters, historians, and those who micromanaged from the air. Before we pass into history, our children and grandchildren need to know the war from those deployed and those affected when they returned.”

Saturday includes a “Faces of Agent Orange” presentation and discussion with Maynard Kaderlik, who serves as the National Agent Orange Committee Chair for the Vietnam Veterans of America.

Also scheduled during the reunion are a screening and panel discussion of NPTV’s Vietnam War Series; a presentation from “Searching for Stanley” author Kay Hughes Olive; information from Lincoln attorney Mary Kay Hansen regarding Social Security and Disability; tours of Speedway Motors Museum; a presentation from Cindy Van Bibber, Director of the Omaha National Cemetery; a look at 150 years of Nebraska history by renowned Nebraska storyteller Cherrie Beam-Callaway; as well as music from the Ukulele Band, Oasis, and the Smoke Ring bands.

The full schedule can be found HERE.

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