Vietnam

For me, 45 years ago today — Oct. 15, 1969 — was one of those rare days, a day you remember all your life. It was Game 4 of the World Series. Mets vs. Orioles. My Mets were up two games to one. And I was at Shea Stadium.

Van-Anh Vanessa Vo is a veteran when it comes to taking risks, and it pays off in her compelling music. As a young girl in Vietnam, she knew she wanted to be a traditional musician, even though it was a world dominated by men. It was risky, then, when she pestered a master teacher for three years to give her lessons. He finally gave in, taking her on as an apprentice.

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Joint Base San Antonio is getting ready to honor America’s Vietnam veterans today; 3 million veterans are long overdue for a proper “welcome home.”

About 40 years ago, veterans who served in Vietnam came home in a trickle, wounded and suffering, but there was virtually no one there to greet them.

Members of all four branches of the U.S. military gathered on a Fort Sam Houston parade field Tuesday to rehearse and prepare for hundreds of guests to the 50th Anniversary Welcome Home Ceremony.