US veteran brings colleagues to Vietnam for healing

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Edward Tick (L) and Bui The Giang, deputy chairman of the Vietnam US Friendship Association at a meeting in Hanoi September 19. PHOTO COURTESY OF TUOITRE

Edward Tick brought a group of American veterans to Vietnam, where they had fought 40 years ago, for one of his periodic visits since 2000 from September 5 to 26.

The veterans accompanying Tick fought at different times and are all members of Soldier's Heart Inc. he founded to support and heal soldiers who have fought since and suffer mental trauma.

At a meeting on September 19 Tick told Bui The Giang, deputy chairman of the Vietnam US Friendship Association, that he wants to thank Vietnamese people for helping him and other veterans heal their war wounds and letting them help Vietnam, Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reported.

Soldier's Heart has worked on charity projects to help poor Vietnamese, building houses, and kindergartens and supporting Agent Orange victims during their visits.

Tick said Soldier's Heart now aims to open a representative office in Vietnam to create a center for healing and meditation.

According to the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organization, Soldier's Heart Inc. has applied to become an international non-governmental organization in Vietnam.

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