On Tuesday, November 10 at 2 p.m. at the Nolin Murray Center next to St. Mary's Catholic Church on Pleasant Street in Springfield, Mike Heaney, Vietnam Veteran and Professor of Law at Trinity College, will present the program, "The Road to Vinh Thanh: A Veteran Returns to Vietnam."
The Osher Lifelong Learning group has scheduled this talk as a meaningful program at Veteran's Day time.
Forty-two years after losing several men in his platoon during the Vietnam War, Heaney made a healing sojourn back to the site of an ambush and 20-hour siege where he was wounded in action on May 17, 1966. He served as an infantry platoon leader in the Army's 1st Calvary Division in 1965-66.
In 2008 he spent a month traveling through the Central Highlands, revisiting areas where his former Army unit operated. Almost by accident Heaney was fortunate enough to make contact with a regional Vietnamese veterans' organization and befriend a few of its leaders. These former enemies were instrumental in arranging his return to the site of the ambush.
Heaney will show slides taken on this healing journey and tell his story that followed so many years after his wartime experiences.
Heaney resides in Hartland, Vermont. He is a graduate of Middlebury College, Harvard Law School, and Rutgers University. He practiced law for 25 years before turning to teaching, primarily at Rutgers and Trinity College. He did volunteer work for 15 years with veterans diagnosed by the Veterans Administration with PTSD.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, affiliated with the University of Vermont, is a local membership program. Non-members are encouraged and welcome to attend individual lectures for a single program fee of $8.
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