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SMALL TOWN CELEBRATION:  On Veterans Day 2023, the small town of Slater, Iowa, north of Des Moines commemorated the occasion with the opening of its “Stories of Our Vietnam Veterans” exhibit at the town’s Heritage Hall Museum. The exbibit focuses on the wartime memories of more than 30 local Vietnam War veterans, supplemented with artifacts, memorabilia, and images. Paul Rogers reports on this grassroots commemoration honoring native sons who served in the Vietnam War.    [On the cover]

HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT: Remember the ubiquitous ammo crates handled by countless service members during the Vietnam War? Turns out they were treated with pentachlorophenol, a fungicide that the EPA deemed “extremely toxic” in 2000. Today its use is prohibited “to protect human health.” Bill Triplett examines the health consequences of exposure to PCP’s, which have been known since at least the late 1970s, not long after the Vietnam War ended.                       

GOING THE EXTRA MILE:  A look at Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, Chapter 936, which since its formation has been enriching the lives of all the region's veterans offering financial aid, organizing social gatherings, providing educational scholarships, and much more.  


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