Building Libraries in Vietnam with Chuck Theusch Part 2

Chuck Theusch lives in Greater Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and served with the army in Vietnam throughout 1969 and 1970. He was a member of the 11th Infantry Brigade in the Americal Division, positioned at fire stations responsible for calculating mortar rounds. He is the CEO and founder of the Library of Vietnam Project. Since 1999, he has returned to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos on 52 occasions to build libraries that educate children on unexploded bombs and landmine safety awareness, legal and medical education, and many other fields. Chuck grew up on a dairy farm and attended Kewaskum High School, where he played baseball, basketball, and football.

Today, Chuck joins me to discuss going back to Vietnam to build libraries with the motivation to see freedom celebrated within the country. He shares how looking at the past and the Vietnam war should be seen from the perspective of gaining wisdom. Chuck discusses how war’s viewpoints differ between the infantry, special forces, and pilots and shares how rewarding Vietnam veterans find returning to the country. He shares how Vietnamese culture is remarkable and highlights their unique strength in handling and recovering from disasters. Chuck also discusses the continuing problems and risks associated with unexploded bombs and landmines and the projects that are helping the people affected by them.

“We can’t change the past, but we can change the future.” – Chuck Theusch

This week on the Stigma Free Vet Zone Podcast:

  • Chuck’s desire to see freedom celebrated in Vietnam
  • Why we should look at the past and use that Vietnamese-wisdom and take inspiration from it
  • How the viewpoints of the war are different between pilots, special forces, and infantry
  • The rewards that veterans can find through going back to Vietnam
  • The Vietnamese intestinal fortitude and way of handling disasters
  • The political fallout of the Chinese railroad, the Silk Road
  • The ongoing problems of unexploded bombs in Vietnam

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