All posts by Jenna Spain Hurley

Jenna Spain Hurley has served with the U.S. State Department since 2004 and currently is stationed in Zambia along with her husband and two children. She began her world travels in middle school when she was chosen to spend the summer in Japan through the Lyndhurst Foundation. She was an exchange student in high school and again in college, has travelled extensively and speaks Russian, German and Arabic.

Honoring Vietnam War Veterans – Jenna Spain Hurley

National Vietnam War Veterans Day recognizes veterans who served in the US military during the Vietnam War – observed annually March 29.

It’s one thing to return to a place for the sake of your own memories, quite another to go there on the pretext of someone else’s, to walk through their shadows and rekindle their nightmares. As a member of the subsequent generation, the Vietnam War is not a living memory for me, much like the East-West divide and Berlin Wall are not so much defining moments in cultural identity for today’s German teenagers as they are fodder for museum exhibits and high school history exams. Even as someone raised in part by a Vietnam War veteran, somehow, the war was something that just simply was, a small, if persistent, shadow in the background of our lives. Continue reading Honoring Vietnam War Veterans – Jenna Spain Hurley