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John Abbey

 John Abbey

 U.S. Army - 1968-1971
 7th Psychological Operations Battalion,
 Danang 1 Corps
 4th Psycholgical Operations Group

 D.O.V.E. Fund member since 2004

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John Abbey  
I joined the Army at age 17 and arrived in Vietnam eight months later at age 18 with no idea what life held for me and my fellow soldiers. I spent the next 13 months as a member of the 7th Psychological Operations Battalion, working along with U.S. Army, Marine and South Vietnamese Army Units throughout I Corps, in an effort to win the "hearts and minds" of the Vietnamese people. I returned home depressed, frustrated, angry and disconnected from all that was going on around me.

In the decades to follow, life centered around family, work and community while struggling with a hole in my soul that I couldn't fill no matter how much I tried. In 2004 I joined the D.O.V.E. Fund and began a journey that has been life-changing. I'm privileged to have returned twice to Vietnam over the past couple years with the D.O.V.E. Family as we continue our journey building "Peace Bridges" with the children and people of Vietnam. The sharing and caring has helped me gain greater clarity regarding the experiences that shaped me along, with millions of Americans and Vietnamese. Understanding our shared bond and learning the power of standing together has been a priceless gift.

The collective efforts of the D.O.V.E. Fund and our many supporters have achieved so much since our founding in 2000, and our journey to help the children in the poorest areas in Vietnam continues. One can fairly question "Why help the children of Vietnam?" The truth is, I have grown through building "Peace Bridges" of hope and promise in ways I never dreamed about. I hope you will take the time to learn about the D.O.V.E. Fund mission and join with us.

In closing, I offer you my deepest gratitude for your personal sacrifices and service to our country. Peace.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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