July 3, 2010, Vietnam War Veterans, their families and the public were invited to a special Welcome Home celebration at Fifth Third Ball Park in Grand Rapids.
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These clips provided by Vietnam War Stories, a 3-part documentary produced by Wisconsin Public Television, the Grand Valley State University Veterans History Project and Videographer Dan Salas
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LZ MICHIGAN: A JOURNEY HOME is a WGVU Production. This documentary features the true stories of local war survivors. Each Veteran takes us back 35+ years to the battle fields and jungles of Southeast Asia. Here they provide a unique emotional perspective discussing the realities of life and death and what it feels like to return home from an "unpopular" war. Feelings still linger to this day.

Rex Greenwalt recalls the day in 1967 when he received orders to serve his country and fight in Vietnam. The Allegan native was 21 years old at the time. He put his marriage proposal and plans to run the family dry cleaning business on hold. Rex served as an Army dog handler and returned home with two Purple Hearts; hobbled physically and scared emotionally with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Greenwalt's story is similar and yet so very different from the first-hand accounts of soldiers who fought at his side.

"These are amazing people. They are the warrior class of a society that has been around ever since the beginning of time. The warriors are the strongest and best. They always have been they always will be," explains Naval Corpsman and Vietnam Veteran, Jim Vanden Bosch. "The unfortunate thing is, to some degree, our general population doesn't recognize that. And that was part of the mess that was Vietnam. That's why a lot of these guys are still angry. They're still hurting. They have pain everyday. They need to be recognized for who they are, and what they are, and what they did."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Support for LZ Michigan provided by: Air Zoo, Allegra, Anderson Family Chiropractic, B & B Beer Distributing, John and Marie Canepa, Centennial Securities, Ed Koehn Automotive Group, Fritz Wahlfield Construction, Grand Valley State University Conference and Event Planning, Michael W. and Priscilla Hill Gregels, Hopkins Propane, The Jant Group, Kalamazoo Detachment #879 of the Marine Corps League, Law Offices of Sean P. Cox, Mackenzie's Animal Sanctuary, Noordyk Business Equipment, United Bank, United Veterans Council of Kent County

Partners of LZ Michigan include: American Legion, American Legion Riders, Artisan Computers, BDO Seidman, City of Grand Rapids, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, Fifth Third Bank, Friends of Michigan Veterans Homes Inc, Gerald R. Ford Council-Boy Scouts of America, Grand Rapids Home for the Veterans, Grand Rapids/Kent County Convention and Visitor's Bureau, Grand Rapids Public Museum, Grand Rapids Young Marines, Great Lakes Naval Memorial and Museum, GVSU Veterans Network, Heartland Payment Systems, HIS Place Ministries, Icon Sign, Kent County Veterans Honor Guard, Michigan Blood, Michigan Commanders Club, Navy League, Navy Recruiting District Michigan, Noordyk Business Equipment, Patriot Guard Riders of Michigan, Pine Rest, Sean Cox-Attorney, Sons of the American Legion, Thousand Oaks Golf Club, United States Army Reserve, United States Navy, Van Andel Arena, Veterans History Project at GVSU, VFW Post 702 and Auxiliary, Vida Video, Vietnam Veterans of America, West Michigan Trails & Greenways Coalition, Wounded Warrior Project