Don’t Miss Gilchrist’s Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day Virtual Celebration
Please join us for Gilchrist’s Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day Virtual Celebration on March 28, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. The event honors veterans in our community and coincides with Maryland’s Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day, signed into law by Governor Larry Hogan in 2015. This celebration is one of the many ways Gilchrist recognizes the unique needs of veterans and thanks them for their sacrifice and service to our country.
The event will include all of the moving tributes and moments of past years, plus new speakers. Please visit https://gilchristcares.org/events/welcome-home-celebration/ for more information and registration details.
Speakers at this year’s Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day Virtual Celebration
Joseph L. Galloway
Joseph Galloway, one of America’s premier war and foreign correspondents for half a century, recently retired as the senior military correspondent for Knight Ridder Newspapers. Before that he held an assignment as a special consultant to General Colin Powell at the State Department.
The late Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, who first met Galloway in South Vietnam when he was a brand new Army major, called the Texan “the finest combat correspondent of our generation—a soldier’s reporter and a soldier’s friend.”
He is co-author, with Lt. Gen. (ret) Hal Moore, of the national bestseller “We Were Soldiers Once—And Young,” which was made into the critically acclaimed movie “We Were Soldiers” starring Mel Gibson. The book is in print in six different languages and more than 1.2 million copies have been sold.
On May 1, 1998, Galloway was decorated with a Bronze Star Medal with V for rescuing wounded soldiers under fire in the la Drang Valley, in November 1965. His is the only medal of valor the U.S. Army awarded to a civilian for actions in combat during the entire Vietnam War.
Kimberly Mitchell is the Senior Vice President for Military, Veteran and Government Affairs at National University. She leads the innovative efforts at NU for military, veteran and military family educational and degree programs. Prior to her position at National University, Kim was President and CEO of Veterans Village of San Diego, where she led a robust team that served over 3,000 veterans annually by providing veterans experiencing challenges post service with residential treatment programs, mental health programs, and support services.
Adopted during the Vietnam War from an orphanage in DaNang in 1972, Kim is also recognized as an advocate for our Vietnam Veterans and Vietnam era veterans. She was the official spokesperson for the Department of Defense 50 Year Vietnam War Commemoration Committee for three years, and over the past eight years has participated in events across the country recognizing and honoring the service of our Vietnam veterans. Kim served in the United States Navy for 17 years as a Surface Warfare Officer serving onboard surface ships and at shore commands.
Special Message from Governor Larry Hogan
In addition to our speakers, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan will deliver a special message.
To all veterans and their families, thank you!
And to Vietnam veterans, Welcome Home!
To learn more and register for the event, visit https://gilchristcares.org/events/welcome-home-celebration/.