- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 13, 2014

NORFOLK, Neb. (AP) - Hundreds of Nebraska residents are expected to attend an annual gathering of Vietnam War veterans this weekend in Norfolk.

The Nebraska Vietnam Veterans reunion begins Thursday and runs through Sunday, The Norfolk Daily News (https://bit.ly/1sVem3r ) reported. Most of the activities will be at the Divots Conference Center and the DeVent Center.

Bruce Bounds of Norfolk was on the committee that organized that first reunion 30 years ago. He said the idea then was to get veterans together and help them begin to heal.

“A lot of (Vietnam) vets didn’t have support from the government, the public or their families,” Bounds said. “Those issues combined with the horrors they experienced caused deep wounds in some.”

He said the Norfolk event will provide opportunities for the veterans to connect with each other. He said it also will teach, entertain and heal the participating veterans and their family members.

Programs on Friday and Saturday will address a number of topics, including the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder on spouses, significant others and friends of veterans.

Musician Lee Greenwood, who most well-known for his song “God Bless the USA,” will perform Saturday evening, as well as The Jim Casey Trio.

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Information from: Norfolk Daily News, https://www.norfolkdailynews.com

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