HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 4, 2013 – Kara Dixon Vuic, associate professor of history, has been elected to the Board of Directors for the Vietnam Women’s Memorial Foundation (VWMF) in Washington, D.C.
“As a scholar, I am excited to help more Americans understand the historical significance of the women who served in the Vietnam War. As someone who greatly admires the work they have done to commemorate women’s service, I am deeply honored to have been elected.”
The VWMF will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial on Veterans Day. Commemorative events will feature reunions, storytelling events by veterans and a keynote address by Vietnam veteran General Colin Powell, who will also deliver the HPU commencement address in May.
Vuic was first introduced to the VWMF during the 10th Anniversary of the Memorial, while writing her first book, “Officer, Nurse, Woman: The Army Nurse Corps in the Vietnam War.” The book tells the history of the women and men who served as army nurses during the war.
“When I began researching the book,” Vuic says, “I attended the 10th Anniversary of the Memorial, where I met many nurses who shared their stories with me. Hearing their experiences first-hand gave me a much greater appreciation for the nurses’ experiences in the war and their struggles when they came home.”
“Dr. Vuic’s first book is a result of her passion for history and tireless work to raise the awareness and understanding of women who served during the Vietnam era,” says Diane Carlson Evans, VWMF Founder and President. “Her book details and recognizes their contributions, providing an extraordinary resource on their service. We embrace her work and enthusiastically welcome her participation in our education and research efforts concerning these courageous military and civilian women.”
The VWMF began in 1984 as a grassroots organization committed to building a memorial honoring the women who served in the Vietnam War. After many years of fundraising, lobbying Congress and raising awareness of the many ways women served in the war, the Vietnam Women’s Memorial was dedicated near the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. It remains the only memorial on the National Mall in recognition of women.
Since the memorial’s dedication in 1993, the VWMF has continued its work as a nonprofit organization devoted to public education and research about women’s service in the war. Each Memorial Day and Veterans Day, the Foundation holds commemorative events to recognize and celebrate women’s service in all wars.