DETROIT (WWJ)– The Vietnam war ended more than 35 years ago. For the thousands of veterans of that war, it’s taken decades to heal deep wounds left by the conflict.
WWJ Newsradio 950’s Marie Osborne reports the D.O.V.E. FUND, a group founded in Ohio nearly a decade ago, is helping local veterans by enabling them to return to Vietnam to change both the country and their memories.
The D.O.V.E. FUND was founded 11 years ago in Toledo, a group of Vietnam Veterans including Dan Gregg of Ann Arbor return to Vietnam nearly every year, to build schools and clinics.
Gregg says he searched for a group where he could make a difference:
“The veterans groups were largely veterans who wanted to go back and relive their experiences in the war and talk about where they had been,” said Gregg. “I think all those things were worthwhile, but they just weren’t good enough for me. I wanted to go back and serve a better purpose.”
Gregg says the schools have been especially welcome.
“To see them enjoy a new school, that we had a part in doing … now we are going past (the war) and doing something much bigger,” Gregg said.
Find out more about the D.O.V.E. FUND here.