NEW YORK, Nov. 9, 2015 /Forty million veterans have served in the United States military since 1776 - yet very few have their story shared. But a chance encounter between a military daughter and a critically-acclaimed musician led to discovering a story of service, sacrifice and redemption during one of America's most fascinating wars.
Jennifer Fuller was sitting at a theater in Austin, TX, at a performance by singer-songwriter Alex Woodard, when she was captivated by his songs based off of letters he had received. Having found a cardboard box filled with letters written back in time by her late father - a sergeant during the Vietnam War - and a present day compilation of notes she penned to him, Jennifer had a feeling: she had letters for Alex – and perhaps he had a song for her.
Her hunch held strong, and after they met, Alex was immediately inspired to bring Sergeant John Fuller's story to life. "The moment I read 'You won't know me for another two years, but I am your daughter,' I knew this collection of letters back in time between a daughter and her solider father was something special. As I read through the correspondence, I found a really important story that needed to be told in the spaces between the words," says Woodard.
The story evolved into Love Letters From Vietnam, the highly-anticipated third installment in the For The Sender series and paints the picture of a passionate, yet flawed soldier as told through his own words he sent from the frontlines in Vietnam.
"This is a story that shines a light on the gifts of gratitude and compassion that we must give each other, especially the men and women returning home from deployment. Honoring each other in this way brings us closer to peace," says Woodard.
Just in time for Veteran's Day, a portion of proceeds from Love Letters from Vietnam will be donated to organizations dedicated to supporting veterans causes – Shelter to Soldier, which focuses on healing by bringing combat veterans together with rescue dogs to help both recover and move forward, Swiftsure Ranch provides equine-centered therapies to encourage well-being for disabled children and adults, and Team RWB which strives to connect America's veterans to their community through physical and social activities.
For The Sender: Love Letters From Vietnam ($19.99) is available at a retailer near you.
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