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March 30, 2010

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March 30, 2010

In the summer of 1997,Jack Estes gave me a call and asked me to go to Vietnam with the Fallen Warriors[Foundation] and Northwest Medical Teams[now Medical Teams International] on a medical mission.We spent two weeks in Danang and Tam Ky Provinces , with 2 days spent in Hue. From that extradorinary and multifaceted experience of witnessing former soldiers waging peace,came a renewed appreciation of the sacrifices of all Veterans and committment to honor those who have served. The Vietnam war was a searing experience for this country and left scars on the entire body politic of the USA. Attending a Fallen Warriors Retreat with veterans and their families under the guidance of a soldier turned Buddhist monk where quiet and solitude impel the sharing of often terrible memories is often the first step in healing.This Experience was cathartic and healing for me too. In 2000 I worked with the Fallen Warriors Foundation to help fund a project to bring clean water to the people of Nui Than.With the help of East Meets West Foundation a deep well , equipped with 1.5hp pump that pulls water into a 12 meter high concrete tower where the water is aerated,filtered and gravity fed to 500 homes was built.The villagers dug trenches,laid pipe,and back filled the trenches.Water meters were installed to reduce waste and charge the villagers a small fee for maintaining the system.A plaque commemorating the installation reads:Waters of Reconcilliation. This is just some of what Fallen Warriors has done to honor our Veterans and heal the wounds of war.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing healing from the emotional and psychological wounds of veterans

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

encourage more regular meetings

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

metting and working with veternans and their families.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

sincere and caring people

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach out to many more veterans to promote healing from the traumas of war through peaceful gatherings,retreats,direct help and humanitarian works.

Ways to make it better...

i had more time to devote to this oprganization

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

getting others committed to join the work of the Fallen Warriors

One thing I'd also say is that...

The O'Callahan-Estes are the mainstay and have worked tirelessly but need other veterans and interested people to help and ultimately carry on this work.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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