About the project
Vietnam veterans were not always welcomed home from their time in the service due to the unpopular nature of that war. That will largely change in 2015 as the nation remembers veterans of the war that ended 40 years ago. In Casper, Wyoming veterans will be welcomed home with a statewide “Welcome Home and Reunion” June 4-6, and a public Welcome Home Parade June 6. There are some 16,000 Vietnam veterans living in Wyoming, so this will be a large event!
As part of the Welcome Home and in partnership with the Wyoming Veterans Commission, the Casper Star-Tribune and the Casper Journal have started a project to publish weekly profiles of Wyoming Vietnam veterans representing all the branches of service and the regions of Wyoming where these veterans live today. We will publish the first profile on Memorial Day 2015, and will continue publishing weekly profiles through Memorial Day of 2017.
In addition to the profiles in print and this site, which contains additional photos and audio recordings of soldiers describing their experiences, we will publish a hardcover book compilation of the profiles and release it at a celebration and book-signing event in 2017.
To be clear, this project is not about the politics of the Vietnam War. This project is to honor those men and women who answered the call to serve their country.
This project is made possible by the gracious and generous sponsorship of our partners: Hilltop National Bank, Granite Peak Development Group, Mountain View Regional Hospital, the McMurry Foundation and the Wyoming Veterans Commission.