Heroes Homecoming Event -- A Soldier's Heart: Understanding Vietnam Veterans' Experiences through Oral History

Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 2:00pm

Dr. Cyndi Briggs has spent several years collecting veterans’ stories and preserving them for future generations. Her presentation will include many of these stories that allowed her to get to know the Vietnam veteran. Dr. Briggs is the daughter and granddaughter of Army veterans. In 2014, after discovering her deceased grandfather's World War II photos and memorabilia, she became curious to know more about the effects of war on the people who served. This interest led to an oral history project that grew from one conversation with a World War II veteran to (currently) 80 interviews with WWII, Korean, and Vietnam era vets. The stories are archived at the New Winston Museum in Winston-Salem, NC, and will soon be online via the Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS), and searchable in the Library of Congress. Community partners include Hospice and Palliative Care’s We Honor Veterans program, Senior Services of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, area retirement communities, and Wake Forest University. Cyndi holds her PhD in Counseling from Oregon State University and teaches in the Masters of Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Walden University. FREE!