Update: Vietnam memorial founder to visit Lubbock canceled

Update: Vietnam memorial founder to visit Lubbock canceled

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Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Jan Scruggs event has been cancelled and we are working to reschedule as quickly as possible.

From Texas Tech: 

Vietnam Center & Sam Johnson Vietnam Archive Welcomes Founder of National Vietnam Veterans Memorial

“An Evening With Jan Scruggs” will focus on the enduring legacy of the Vietnam War and those who fought in it.

Texas Tech University’s Vietnam Center & Sam Johnson Vietnam Archive invite the public to a special evening featuring Jan Scruggs, a Vietnam veteran and founder of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The event will be held Wednesday (Oct. 2) in the Helen DeVitt Jones Auditorium at the Museum of Texas Tech University, 3301 Fourth St. A reception begins at 5:30 p.m., and the public lecture and discussion will follow at 6:30 p.m.

The son of a waitress and a truck driver, Scruggs volunteered to serve in the military after high school. He was decorated for gallantry by the U.S. Army in Vietnam. After his return, he became a recognized expert on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and wrote articles on the subject for the Washington Post and Military Medicine.

In 1979, he decided that America’s veterans deserved national recognition. Compelled to honor the men and women who sacrificed their lives in the Vietnam War, Scruggs led the work of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and countless supporters to build the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. He spearheaded the effort to get Congress to authorize the memorial and approve its location on the National Mall, and he shepherded the memorial’s controversial design past federal and local agencies. Within three years, the memorial was a reality. Welcoming nearly 5 million visitors annually, the wall is an iconic place of personal and national healing. Its design inspires reflection and introspection as Americans continue to seek a better understanding of the Vietnam War and the tumultuous events that defined that era.

Scruggs obtained a master’s degree in education from American University in Washington, D.C., and a law degree from the University of Maryland. He is a member of the bar for the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. He now is a senior adviser helping to raise money for the Global War on Terror Memorial planned for Washington, D.C., and he chairs the National Appeals Board for the Selective Service.

The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended but not required. To RSVP, call (806) 742-9010 or email vnca@ttu.edu.

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