This May marks the 50th anniversary of the infamous Battle of Hamburger Hill during the Vietnam War. This controversial battle resulted in over 400 U.S. casualties and caused an outrage back in the states. Connecticut Veteran Arthur Wiknik, Jr. was one of the first in his unit to safely reach the top of Hamburger Hill during the final assault. He detailed his experience in his book Nam Sense. Assisted Living Services, Inc. (ALS) is inviting the public to hear Wiknik’s incredible story firsthand at their monthly Veterans’ Coffee House events. Wiknik will appear at the Cheshire Senior Center on Tuesday, May 21, at 10 a.m. and at the Wallingford Senior Center on Tuesday, May 28, at 10 a.m.
The popular Veterans’ Coffee House averages more than 30 attendees per month. At each gathering there is a presentation followed by a discussion. New members are introduced to the group then they all describe their service to our country. To date, they have hosted Veteran speakers who hail from World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. The group meets on the third Tuesday of the month in Cheshire and the fourth Tuesday of the month in Wallingford. Free coffee and pastries are provided.
Wiknik served in Vietnam with Company A 2/506th of the 101st Airborne Division as an infantry squad leader from April 1969 to March 1970. A dedicated community volunteer, Wiknik is an 18-year member of the Haddam Memorial Day Parade Committee, is a founding member of the Haddam Veteran’s Museum and is a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars His writing credits include stories in eight different Chicken Soup For the Soul books. He has also had articles in Army, Soldier of Fortune, Players, North American Whitetail, Rural New England, Heading Out and The Deadly Writer’s Patrol magazines. Wiknik has been featured on both the History Channel and the Military Channel.
ALS and Assisted Living Technologies, Inc. (ALT) share Wiknik’s spirit of community outreach. ALS and ALT have spent years providing home care for Connecticut Veterans. Ron D’Aquila RN, Owner and CEO of ALS, saw the Coffee House as a way to not only show appreciation for their service and enrich the lives of these heroes, but to educate them about their benefits.
For more than 20 years, award-winning home care agency Assisted Living Services, Inc. in Meriden has provided quality care to residents across Connecticut. Their unique CarePlus program blends personal care with technological safety and monitoring devices from sister company Assisted Living Technologies, Inc. Learn more by visiting www.assistedlivingct.com or calling 203-634-8668.