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AUGUST 11: AUTHOR AND VIETNAM VET LEW JENNINGS
Lew Jennings comes to us via a recommendation by Charlie Gallagher, who heard Lew speak at a seminar this past Spring. Lew is the author of "19 Minutes to Live", an autobiographical account of his experiences as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam in 1967-68. The title refers to the expected lifespan of a non-com helicopter pilot in the Vietnam war up to that point. The book itself is a sobering reminder of what Lew's generation went through and describes what young men had to do to survive Vietnam, and how little control they sometimes had over that process. It's also an accurate chronicle of what was then a new type of warfare centered around the helicopter.
We all know that we're losing WWII and Korean War veterans at an increasing rate, but we're reaching the point where we're starting to lose Vietnam vets at an alarming rate now, too. Come hear Lew's story so that collectively we can remember that conflict; whether you agreed with our involvement in Vietnam or not, we should honor those who fought and sacrificed something (or everything) of themselves.