Sons and Daughters In Touch
"They Were Our Fathers..."
P.O. Box 1596, Arlington, VA, 800-894-9994, www.sdit.org

MEDIA ALERT
 

What: Press Conference
Date: Saturday, March 1, 2003
Time: 2:00 PM PST
Location: Bob Hope Hollywood USO Center, 203 World Way, LA Int’l Airport
(LAX arrival level, between terminals 1 & 2; adjacent parking)
Contacts: United States: Mokie Porter, 800-882-1316, mporter@vva.org
Karen Frost, 512-423-2406, kfrost@frostmedia.com
Vietnam: Mokie Porter, Rex Hotel, Ho Chi Mihn City
Phone: 011-84-8-829-2185
Fax: 011-84-8-829-6536
Cell Phone: 011-84-918-451-886, VN 0918-451-886
Los Angeles: Sons and Daughters In Touch, 310-938-1264

(Los Angeles, CA) – Sons and Daughters In Touch, the national support organization representing the grown children of American servicemen lost during the Vietnam War takes 80 of its members to Vietnam to trace the final footsteps their fathers left a generation ago.   

Vietnam 2003: In Honor, Peace and Understanding   

As such, SDIT will visit Vietnam to: Honor their fathers and all who served in the war; to seek a measure of inner Peace through better comprehension their life-changing loss; and to gain a better Understanding of the people and country where their fathers fought and died. 

The fathers of these ‘sons and daughters’ were servicemen from each branch of the US Military who fought in every campaign during the Vietnam War.  Today, these ‘sons and daughters’ are in their 30’s and 40’s, they are fathers and mothers with families of their own.  Those leaving for Vietnam come from 24 different states and the District of Columbia. 

Beginning March 2, the trip will include visits to many of the sites that played significant roles in America’s longest war: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Hue, Da Nang, China Beach, Khe Sanh, Bien Hoa, the Mekong Delta and Hanoi.  While in Vietnam, the delegation will break into nine teams to visit different regions of the country and provide each son and daughter an emotional visit to the location where their fathers died.  

“For ten years, this organization has helped its members confront their loss and realize that they are not alone in that struggle.  Now we have the chance to help them see, touch and experience the land where our fathers died,” said SDIT founder Tony Cordero of San Pedro, CA, one of five children of Air Force Major William E. Cordero (KIA 1965). 

'I'm not seeking closure. Grief is a journey that has a beginning but never any end. At least not in this life,' said Karen Spears-Zacharias of Pendleton, OR daughter of Army SSG David Spears (KIA 1966). 

In its efforts to generate the funding necessary to stage this historic trip, SDIT received major support from Vietnam Veterans of America, Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America, VietNow and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.  An untold number of individuals, many of whom fought alongside these fallen fathers, also contributed to the cause. 

For 13 years, SDIT has worked to locate, unite and provide support to the now-grown children of US Servicemen lost in the Vietnam War.  In that time, more than 3,000 members have been able to contact veterans who served with their fathers, visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, share their life experiences with others and take pride in knowing that the loss of their father was not in vain.

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