Virginia resident William Haneke arrived in Vietnam in 1968, the deadliest year for U.S. soldiers. The U.S. Army Captain defied death multiple times. His critical injuries would take him on a new journey, focusing on patient advocacy and helping other amputees. In our series Vietnam: Virginia Remembers, Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
In the years following the Vietnam War, the experiences of civilian and military nurses were featured in films, a TV series, magazine articles and books. In 1993, a bronze sculpture depicting Vietnam nurses was dedicated on the National Mall. But there’s another group of women who served and veterans want more recognition for the female soldiers in the Women’s Army Corps, Air Force, Navy and Marines.
Soon after the city of Saigon fell to North Vietnamese forces in 1975, thousands of people fled the country seeking to escape the reign of the communist government. Many refugees resettled in the U.S., including here in Virginia. In our series Vietnam: Virginia Remembers, Saraya Wintersmith has more for Virginia Currents on one family’s journey.
In Greater Richmond, about one in four older adults lives alone. Along with major life changes like losing a spouse or retiring, this can lead to social isolation and even premature death. But there are growing efforts to create engagement opportunities. WCVE’s Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.
The process of aging is a lifelong journey, but stereotypes about “getting old” can have negative impacts on people’s happiness and health. Some experts say recognizing ageism is the first step, and others are creating intergenerational spaces to explore the positive aspects of aging. In the first of a two-part series, Virginia Currents Producer Catherine Komp has more.
Walk through the birthday card aisle, flip through a magazine, or turn on the TV - and Tracey Gendron says you’ll see ageism.