We recently celebrated Veteran’s Day, and were delighted to see that one of our own clients, Mr. Howard Chun, was highlighted by the DNAinfo Chicago website for his service during the Vietnam War. Mr. Chun served in the Army Corps of Engineers from 1959 to 1990.
Local photographer, Tim O’Connell, took portraits of Chinese-American veterans at the Chinese-American Museum of Chicago and listened to their stories. Americans protested the Vietnam War, and treated returning soldiers harshly. Mr. Chun remembers it all too clearly.
He admits that returning soldiers were not well received, and “while he doesn’t have fond memories of his military service he said Saturday’s photo shoot was “another marker of closure. Closure in life.” He is proud of his military service, and now his son is serving in the Army.
Tim “has contacted a number of Asian-American military and law enforcement organizations across the state”, and hopes his project will “raise awareness of veterans’ tales of service and survival, sometimes in the face of nasty anti-Asian bigotry.”
We thank you, Mr. Chun, for your bravery and service to our country!