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Uploaded on Apr 23, 2011

This documentary is the product of many different people and groups. Most significantly, NE Florida Vietnam veterans who each contributed their tender, often hurt feelings to shape this project. The Vietnam veterans were not like the WWII or Korean War veterans we had worked with on our previous documentaries. The Vietnam veterans were more actively involved in watching, suggesting and directing us to tell their true stories. What emerged shows the veterans to be just like you and me. They fought in an unpopular war and yet returned home to lead normal and successful lives. They could be and are your neighbors, friends and relatives.

Florida Veterans Programs & Projects, Inc. (FVPPI) was formed in 2008 primarily to send Care Packages to our troops in war zones. Since then we have sent out over 1000 packages to our troops In Iraq. Afghanistan and to our hospital in Landstuhl, Germany which treats our wounded warriors. Our goal has since widened to include producing veterans related educational documentaries, shows, events and presentations to the general public, schools, veterans groups. libraries and museums. In 2008 we worked with WJCT TV, PBS in Jacksonville, Florida as advisors on "War Stories from the First Coast", a documentary about local Northeast Florida WWII veterans. In 2009 we produced our own documentary, "Korea: Forgotten War, Remembered Heroes" and now our Vietnam documentary "Vietnam: Service, Sacrifice & Courage - Local Neighbors, National Heroes". By the time you read this the Vietnam documentary will have been broadcast on Northeast Florida PBS affiliate, WJCT Public Television on Veterans Day 2010.

FVPPI collaborated with the Art Institute of Jacksonville on its Korean War documentary. Media Arts Director, Dr. Nadia Ramoutar and her film students worked with us filming and editing. It was a learning experience for the students from the very beginning, The students interacted with the veterans, heard their stories first hand and in the process learned about the war and/the sacrifices each man made. The documentary was first shown to the public on June 25th, 2009, the 59th Anniversary of the start of the Korean War. The premiere was held at the Jacksonville Main Library where Jacksonville
Mayor John Peyton read a Proclamation honoring veterans of the "Forgotten War".


In 2010 FVPPI worked with the students and staff of the Communications Dept. of Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. The documentary was directed by Flagler College instructor Josh Wallace with instructor Mark Huelsbeck serving as Technical Director. FVPPI selected the five interviewees and the Flagler group filmed, edited, added music and titles. Vietnam veteran Michael Isam provided the very professional voiceover and the script. Tom Waskovich, who is in the documentary, also served as script writer and superVised the entire project. Terry Allan was an interviewer. Michael PulĀ·lium and Fred Dupont provided their support and advice. Septimus Connor, shared his story and contributed emotionally and financially to the project. All are patriots, all true Americans. This was a labor of love as the veterans wanted to finally tell their side of the war. In many cases the documentary served as a catharsis for them. .

Our thanks go to the following: Michael Boylan, CEO and President of Northeast Florida PBS affiliate, WJCT Public Television for his support of our efforts to have our local Vietnam veterans tell their stories on PBS; to the Vietnam veterans in the documentary, Tom Crawford, Paul Heagy. Harry Manford, Coy McDonald and Tom Waskovich who finally told the stories of their service to our country; to Jim Murray and Carol Rothfeld who assisted and contributed to every aspect of our project. Earl Kidwell and Bill Napper served as interviewers as they have for our other documentaries. St. Johns County Florida is very lucky that it has active, experienced veteran leaders. They all worked closely with us on this project, they are Commissioner Ray Quinn, Joe McDermott, Bill Dudley, Ben Meggitt, Heather Andrews, Rick Rees, Tammy Shirley, George April, Dan Blackman, Jim Vanairsdale, George Milroy, George McCrae, Jack Ernissee, and Dan Hughes. A special thank you goes to Col. Ed Taylor who provided constant encouragement, support and historical advice. Col. Taylor is a Korean and Vietnam War veteran who is highly decorated and a true American Patriot. Thank you all, none of this would have been possible without all your help. I apologize to anyone I inadvertently omitted.

This project would not have been possible without the financial support of the Allied Veterans of the World, Inc., and Affiliates, particularly Jerry Bass, National Commander. We and all veterans thank them for their continued support honoring veterans.


Michael Rothfeld
Harry Manford
Tom Waskovich

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