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 and senior host for Alaska Public Media. You can send her program ideas for Talk of Alaska and Alaska Insight at or call 907-350-2058.

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