Tonasket

Different Vets in the woods

Ed Bush and Bob Davis talk as the sun sets. Photo by: Juliette Lynch
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Ed and Linda Bush took another several hours of their time Saturday to escort Juliette and I around to veterans in the woods of Ferry and Okanogan counties. We met two: Mike Rounds and Bob Davis.

Mike, who spent four years in the Army during the Vietnam War, has steely eyes, a cool, steady voice, and 20 gorgeous acres far above a wooded valley. For 25 years, he designed traffic patterns for major events in Seattle, a job that gave him a thorough distaste for city life. “I see living out here as definitely an escape,” he said.

Story Day this weekend

Poster design by David Miller
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This weekend, teams from Syracuse University will be on-hand to record radio-style interviews and we hope that veterans will stop by and share some of their experiences. Please stop by or invite a veteran.

Flier information (posted around the area):

Veterans Story Day

Friday, June 18
Tonasket High School
10 am to 2 pm

Saturday, June 19
Republic Elementary School
10 am to 2 pm

We will make a cd of the interview for the veteran to take home with them.

Questions? Call Kate at 303.946.2483 or email kdszrom@syr.edu.

Small town graduation

Tonasket High School 2010 graduation Photo by: Sherri Williams

Yesterday I attended the Tonasket High School graduation with my News 21 fellows Michelle San Miguel and Kelly West. Both were gathering stills and video for a story about a high school student who is about to enter the military while the country is engaged in two wars.

In this area where there are many small towns people share a lot, including milestones in one another's lives.

So here graduation is a public event. It seemed as if the entire town came out to congratulate the students.

Women veterans overlooked

As an Army nurse during the Vietnam War Karen Schimpf tended to soldiers whose bodies were blasted on the battlefield.

She arrived in Saigon as "an immortal 22-year-old" she said. But that wasn't the way she left.

When Schimpf came home the war was unpopular and those who participated in it were not celebrated heroes.

Women's contributions went unnoticed, she said yesterday when my partner Kelly West and I talked to her at her home in Tonasket, Washington.

"We came home by ourselves," Schimpf said.

Being overlooked, she said, still stings a little.

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