The Vietnam War Comes Home: A Community Conversation Panel

November 19, 2017

On Sunday, November 19th from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., the Library will host “The Vietnam War Comes Home.” This special community conversation panel discussion will feature four guest speakers:

Lieutenant Colonel Dennis Shepherd, USAF, retired, will present “Facing the Draft.” Shepherd served in the United States Air Force from 1970 to 1974. He flew on 18 combat support missions over and around Vietnam. After earning his bachelor’s degree and law degree on the GI Bill, he returned to military service as a JAG. Upon his retirement as a lieutenant colonel in 1998, he began serving the Commonwealth as an assistant attorney general. Currently he is the sole legal counsel for the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs. He is the author of three books, including Returning Son, the biography of the first Kentucky Marine injured during the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Danville native John Caywood will present “The Silent Bullet of War: The Vietnam Veteran Returns Home.” Caywood was a lieutenant in the United States Army, and served as a Combat Infantry Platoon Leader in Vietnam from August 1969 to November 1970.


Lieutenant Colonel Philip Nichols, USA, retired, will present “The Other Heroes: Vietnam and the Families of the Deployed.” Nichols, a Danville resident, retired as a lieutenant colonel in the United States Army after 21 years of service. He served as a Convoy Escort in Vietnam from July 1970 to July 1971.

Anna Duncan, LPP, LPCC, is the area Clinic Director for Duncan will speak about PTSD and the resources that are available for veterans and their families.

All are invited and encouraged to attend this program. Those interested in watching the “The Vietnam War” documentary film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick may find it online at