The status of Vietnam vets in Alaska

60,000 Americans died in the Vietnam war. Thousands more died in the following years. A new documentary by filmmaker Ken Burns examines the era. In the first of a series of discussions on the war, we’ll hear from Alaska Vietnam veterans about how they’re doing today, decades after their service and what we’ve learned as a nation.

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HOST: Lori Townsend


  • Ric Davidge – Chair of Alaska Veterans Foundation and secretary of Alaska Vietnam veterans state council.
  • Statewide callers 


  • Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcast
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LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.

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Department of Veterans Affairs Resources:

Alaska Veterans Center – Provides free counseling for war zone veterans and their families, substance abuse assessment and referral, PTSD and marital counseling
Anchorage (907) 563-6966, Wasilla (907) 376-4318, Kenai (907) 260-7640, Fairbanks (907) 456-4238

Veterans’ Administration– Provides healthcare, counseling, and vocational benefits

Veteran’s Choice program 866-606-8198

Community resources:

Alaska Veterans Organization for Women (AVOW) – provides connection, advocacy and retreats for women veterans

Alaska Healing Hearts – Outdoor recreation for veterans to include hunting and fishing – 232-1527

Project Healing Waters Alaska – Fly fishing for veterans –


UAA Military and Community Resources – 786-6962
VetSuccess on Campus – VA vocational assistance
Terry Jackson – 786-6962

Student Veterans of UAA

UAA Student Health and Counseling Center – 786-4040

National Center for PTSD –
National Center for Telehealth and Technology- apps to support psychological health and TBI
After Deployment
Make the Connection

Veterans Crisis Line   800-273-8255 – press 1

Early screenings of Ken Burns’ The Vietnam War

Anchorage: Wednesday, Sep. 13, 2017 at the Wendy Williamson Auditiorium

2533 Providence Drive

Anchorage, AK 99508

Palmer: Thursday, Sep. 14, 2017 at the Glenn Massay Theater

8295 East College Drive

Palmer, AK 99645

Both shows’ doors open at 5:30 p.m. Screening begins at 6:00. Discussion at 7:00.

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Lori Townsend is the News Director for the Alaska Public Radio Network. She got her start in broadcasting at the age of 11 as the park announcer of the fast pitch baseball games in Deer Park, Wisconsin. She has worked in print and broadcast journalism for more than 24 years. She was the co-founder and former Editor of Northern Aspects, a magazine featuring northern Wisconsin writers and artists. She worked for 7 years at tribal station WOJB on the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibway Reservation in Wisconsin, first as an on-air programmer and special projects producer and eventually News Director. In 1997 she co-hosted a continuing Saturday afternoon public affairs talk program on station KSTP in St. Paul, Minnesota. Radio brought her to Alaska where she worked as a broadcast trainer for Native fellowship students at Koahnic Broadcasting. Following her work there, she helped co-found the non-profit broadcast company Native Voice Communications. NVC created the award-winning Independent Native News as well as producing many other documentaries and productions. Townsend was NVC’s technical trainer and assistant producer of INN. Through her freelance work, she has produced news and feature stories nationally and internationally for Independent Native News, National Native News, NPR , Pacifica, Monitor Radio, Radio Netherlands and AIROS. Her print work and interviews have been published in News from Indian Country, Yakama Nation Review and other publications. Ms. Townsend has also worked as a broadcast trainer for the Native American Journalist’s Association and with NPR’s Doug Mitchell and as a freelance editor. Townsend is the recipient of numerous awards for her work from the Alaska Press Club, the Native American Journalists Association and a gold and a silver reel award from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters. Townsend was the recipient of a Fellowship at the Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting in Rhode Island as well as a fellowship at the Knight Digital Media Center in Berkeley. She is an avid reader, a rabid gardener and counts water skiing, training horses, diving and a welding certification among her past and current interests. ltownsend (at) alaskapublic (dot) org  |  907.550.8452 | About Lori