Joe Campbell joins us today to discuss his involvement in the vehicle caravan that transported a remnant piece of steel from the former World Trade Center in New York to Milwaukee. He shares how communities came together and the outpouring of support they received to transport this precious cargo and how this experience served as a spiritual awakening for Joe. He explains how he met Kim Phuc Phan Thi, a Vietnamese woman who was badly burned from a napalm bomb during the Vietnam War and author of Fire Road, and how meeting Kim helped Joe heal from the emotional trauma he experienced during the war. He also explains how forgiveness and service through gratitude have helped him through the darkness and into the light of hope and recovery.
In 1965, Campbell graduated from the Marmion Military Academy in Aurora, Illinois to begin his career in the military. He enlisted in the U.S. Army that December and served four years, including two tours in Germany with the 8th Infantry Division as well as a tour in Vietnam. Throughout his military career, Joe specialized in Artillery and Automotive Maintenance with the 1st Logistical Command as well as served on the Maintenance Contact Team with the 25th Infantry Division in Cu Chi, the 101st Airborne Division in Phouc Vinh, and the 1st Infantry Division in Dian.
Following his military career, Joe has devoted himself to helping other veterans through organizations and outreach programs, including as a volunteer at the Milwaukee VA, a Trustee of the Milwaukee County War Memorial Corporation, and as the co-founder, board member, and chairman of several veteran-focused organizations throughout Wisconsin. Since 2004, Joe has received numerous awards and recognition for his services and devotion to the military veteran community, including the 2004 Vietnam Veteran of the Year Award by the Vietnam Veterans of America, the 2007 Veteran of the Year Award by Milwaukee County, and the 2018 Patriot Award by the War Memorial Center.
“The more we get out of ourselves – the more we get out of our self.”Joe Campbell
DISCLAIMER: The information and content shared in each episode of the Stigma Free Vet Zone are for informational purposes only. The Stigma Free Vet Zone hosts, Mike Orban & Bob Bach, are not, nor claim to be, medical doctors, psychologists, or psychiatrists and should not be held responsible for any claims, medical advice, or therapy/treatment recommendations mentioned on this podcast. Any advice mentioned or shared by Mike Orban, Bob Bach, or their guests is strictly for purposes of bringing awareness to the veteran community and the services available. Please speak with a medical professional before taking any advice or starting any therapy or treatment discussed or shared on this podcast.