A half century after the Vietnam War, veterans still bear the scars of a conflict that divided the country. Now a gripping new documentary series, The Vietnam War, by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, offers a detailed reconstruction of both sides of the costly conflict that has stirred conversation and reopened old controversies.
In light of the series and in honor of Veteran’s Day, the Gazette has invited several Vineyard veterans who served during the Vietnam War to share their stories and react to the series.
Panelists will include two U.S. Marine combat veterans: Gregory Spain of Vineyard Haven and Jim Bishop of Oak Bluffs; Bill Stafursky, who served with the Army’s military police and is now veterans outreach coordinator for MV Community Services; and Tom Bennett, a US. Air Force medic, who is now a social worker and senior clinician at MVCS. Mr. Bennett has been leading veteran support groups for decades.
The event is part of the Gazette’s Tuesdays in the Newsroom series, held once a month in the off season. Doors open at 5:15 p.m. for a brief reception.