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Program examines life after Vietnam

Special to the HDN

Vietnam War veteran Wayne Purinton will present "Once Enemies, Now Friends" at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Schmidt Gallery of the Hays Public Library.

The presentation tells a poignant story about the Vietnam War and its aftermath. His first-hand accounts of the war and the destruction left in its wake are informational and thought- provoking.

In 1966, at the age of 19, Purinton volunteered for the draft with the belief Vietnam was a noble cause. Arriving in Vietnam in 1967, Purinton was a gung-ho infantryman ready to see some action. By November, after nine months of service, he was counting the days until he could return home. He already had seen too much, his innocence lost forever.

Purinton is a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America Hays Chapter No. 939. He is also a life member of Disabled American Veterans. He published a book based on his experience titled "Journey Back from Vietnam." This book developed in to the presentation called "Once Enemies, Now Friends."

Hays Public Library is recognized as a 501(c)1 non-profit organization. In 2012, the library provided 1552 different programs and events for children, young adult and adult patrons. For a listing of upcoming programs and events or for more information, go to www.hayspublib.org.