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VFW Magazine February 2018 : Page 1

22 VETERANS ADVOCATES ON CAPITOL HILL Located mere steps from the U.S. Capitol Building, VFW’s Washington Office is the hub of the organization’s advocacy efforts. By building close relationships with lawmakers, providing nuanced testimony on pending bills and helping to draft legislation that improves veterans’ lives, VFW’s National Legislative Service team performs one of the organization’s most important roles. BY JANIE DYHOUSE FEBRUARY 2018 Vol. 105 No. 5 COVER PHOTO: Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran Rob Jones is photographed in November on a running trail near his home in northern Virginia. Jones logged many hours of training on the trail in preparation for his ambitious plan to run 31 marathons in 31 days in three countries. He completed his “mission,” which raised funds for various veterans-related causes, in Washington, D.C., on Veterans Day. Photo by Bob Knudsen MUSICIAN REFLECTS ON VIETNAM Calvin Simon, a founding member of the groundbreaking musical group Parlia-ment Funkadelic, served as an artillery-man in 1966 in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta. He credits the discipline he learned in the Army for giving him “structure” that he applied to his music career after returning home. BY KARI WILLIAMS 18 ON THE COVER 14 18 22 36 Marathon Man Founder of Funk VFW Works Capitol Hill Blind Vets on Open Road IN THIS ISSUE In an excerpt from his new book, Hue 1968 , bestselling author Mark Bowden — who also penned 1999’s Black Hawk Down — captures the excitement, anguish, fear and exhilaration of U.S. troops as they drive Communist forces out of Vietnam’s ancient capital in February 1968. BY MARK BOWDEN STREET FIGHTING IN HUE 28 34 Lang Vei IN EVERY ISSUE 2 4 8 10 46 48 51 53 55 60 Four men who earned Purple Hearts in the Vietnam War accepted VFW’s invitation to hunt antelope in October in Montana. The veterans explain how they were wounded, how their military service shaped them as individuals and what the all-expenses-paid trip means to them. BY DAVE SPIVA ‘IT’S ALL ABOUT CAMARADERIE’ 38 Command Post Now Hear This Issues Up Front Washington Wire VFW In Action Member Corner Member Benefits Reunions and Claims Jest A Minute Vets in Focus CHECK OUT OUR DIGITAL VERSION AT WWW.VFWMAGAZINE.ORG NEED HELP? VETERANS CRISIS LINE: 1-800-273-8255 FEBRUARY 2018   • WWW.VFW.ORG • 1

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