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More than 1.4 million veterans call the tri-state region home. To honor the service, experiences and rich diversity of our region's veteran communities, WLIW invites local veterans and their family members to share personal stories about their service at home and abroad, and their lives after service.

This project is part of a public media effort to focus attention on and inspire national dialogue about veterans' issues and stories. The stories below were received from viewers and readers through this Legacies of War project and in connection with THIRTEEN's Media with Impact campaign. For additional storytelling and programming about veterans, stay tuned for Ken Burns' landmark PBS series, The Vietnam War, premiering September 17, 2017.

More than 1.4 million veterans call the tri-state region home. To honor the service, experiences and rich diversity of our region's veteran communities, WLIW invites local veterans and their family members to share personal stories about their service at home and abroad, and their lives after service.

This project is part of a public media effort to focus attention on and inspire national dialogue about veterans' issues and stories. The stories below were received from viewers and readers through this Legacies of War project and in connection with THIRTEEN's Media with Impact campaign. For additional storytelling and programming about veterans, stay tuned for Ken Burns' landmark PBS series, The Vietnam War, premiering September 17, 2017.

Are you a U.S. military servicemember or veteran? We want to hear from you and your family members! Share a story about service, or tell us about the experience of coming home to the tri-state area.
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Jack O'Brien

Hoboken, NJ, United States

This is the 100th Anniversary of PopPop's war. 1917-2017. You like lucky numbers? PopPop joined the U.S. Marines on July 7, 1917 (7-7-17). He went to Quantico, VA, for basic ...

Luci Terenin

Basking Ridge, Bernards, NJ, United States

I entered the Air Force in March of 1989. I began to experience gender discrimination in technical school in Colorado. Every morning we would line up and I was expected ...

Fern Malkine-Falvey

Shady, NY, United States

This is a Memorial Day speech I wrote for our dear friend, Richard Floyd Quinn, who, as a medic, died on this very day, 47 years ago today. He was ...

Geoffrey Keyser Mawby

Norwood, Mass, United States

I recently celebrated my 90th birthday on June 5, 2017. To be able to enlist in World War II, my father changed my birth certificate year from 1927 to 1925. ...

Yvonne Houle

Eastchester, NY, United States

We were married in December 1970. The draft notice arrived and he left on January 2nd, 1971. After basic training, my husband was assigned to the Physical Therapy department, as ...

Dominick Librera

Garfield, NJ, United States

After experiencing the "Tet Offensive", 1/31/68, at Tan San Nhut AFB, Saigon I felt fortunate that I was OK. A few months went by and I was rotating stateside for a ...

Joseph Bilby

Wall Township, NJ, United States

I was born in Newark, New Jersey on September 2, 1943. My father was a World War II veteran who served in Europe in 1944-45. I graduated from Seton Hall ...

Thomas Madera

New Hyde Park, NY, United States

My cousin, Michael Delligatti, was like the older brother I never had. He was drafted upon graduation as an Electrical Engineer and, of course, the Army made him a field ...

Jeanne Marie Bokina Christie

Bethel, CT, United States

In 1967 I graduated from the university of Wisconsin and went to VN with the American Red Cross, Supplemental and Recreational Activities Overseas (SRAO). I served in Nha Trang, Da ...

Richard Boyce

Jacksonville, FL, United States

Me and my brothers had just signed recording contracts with Warner Bros records producer Jerry Ragovoy, a month later Frankie & I were drafted on his birthday 3/30/68. From that ...

Mark Gordon

New york

I am not a veteran but have an incredible veteran story. I was in Wash., DC (at American University) during the peace marches (I was a resister) when my Apt. ...

Stu Richel

New York, NY, United States

Folks... I served as an Army journalist and photographer with the 1st Infantry Division in Vietnam. 1969. I lived with, went on patrol with, the soldiers of that Division and their ...

Martin Black

Lynbrook

I left Vietnam in Nov. 1968, arriving at Fort Ord, Califorina, sometime in the very early morning. Getting off the plane I was told there would be a mandatory steak ...

Ben Weise

Cold Spring Harbor, NY, United States

It was hot as usual that June morning in 1969 when our tank column formed up just south of Da Nang to transport Marine infantrymen, casually referred to as grunts, ...

Paul Sullivan

Mount Vernon, NY, United States

As Marine officer in charge of a civic action group of four which aimed to cement relations with hamlets near our Vietnamese jungle position, and also gather intelligence that would ...

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