Thu December 29, 2011
A local Congresswoman hears a personal tale from a Vietnam veteran
A Vietnam war veteran shares his story after years of serving his country. Sergeant Ted Wilkinson shared his story from serving in the Vietnam war with Congresswoman Kathy Hochul Thursday.
His story is the first of many that will be recorded each month with the Congresswoman as apart of the Veterans History Project.
The project is in an effort to make future generations aware of the realities of war from personal experience.
Hochul said the project gives those who have served our country the recognition they deserve.
"So many people have stepped up and answered that call for service, but we don't know their stories. That's one lesson I've learned. My father-in-law served in World War II and he never came back and spoke about it. We want to make sure that these people here leave the next generation their stories of heroism, bravery and patriotism," Said Hochul.
Wilkinson said he wasn't able to debrief when he came home from war and this experience gave him the opportunity to do so. He said he encourages other veterans who have served in any war to share their story.
"The first 10, 15 years when I was home I just sat home and wilted away, and that's what creates suicide. So you need to get out and do something so that if you are feeling that way you can pass along the experiences so that there not going to waste," Said Wilkinson
All of the interviews will be placed in the Library of Congress.