Sky Soldiers: Vietnam Veterans Share Powerful Stories, Their Missions Today

June 13, 2019, 5:11 pm EST | Share:

CHARLESTON, SC (FOX 24 NEWS NOW) — Just last week, we commemorated the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, an event that turned the tide of World War Two.

It’s important we never forget the stories of those soldiers, sailors and airmen who gave all, as well as the ones who came after them during later conflicts.

One of these later wars was Vietnam, which claimed the lives of over 58,000 Americans.

We sat down with two veterans from that bloody time in our world’s history who shared their powerful stories and the missions they’re carrying out today.

Robert Toporek and Ray Saikus are former members of the 173rd Airborne Brigade.

Toporek is currently working on a book, “Beyond Survivor’s Guilt: A Vietnam Veteran’s Story”, that will discuss how we can do our part to help veterans, current service members and others who dealt with traumatic experiences heal. He is also the founder of TeamChildren. The nonprofit donates computers to families, students and veterans in need of better technology to create brighter futures. If you are able to donate used devices and funds, please visit the organization’s website or donation page.

After witnessing the mistreatment and backlash against families of deceased soldiers during the Vietnam era, Saikus knew he had to act and help. He is the president of the Sky Soldiers Foundation, an incredible organization that connects grandchildren and children with their Sky Soldier family members through scholarships and other initiatives. It’s a living history lesson that honors Gold Star families and bridges the gaps between generations by keeping the stories of those who came before us alive. To donate, please click here.

A special thank you to Ray and Robert for their willingness to share their war experiences. And, thank you to all who serve and have served.