HOLMDEL, NJ - The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation is hosting a discussion with journalist Charles Wiley about the news and media coverage of the Vietnam War on Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at the Vietnam Era Museum & Educational.  Wiley covered the Vietnam War in the early and mid-1960s and early 1970s.  He logged five combat missions with the Vietnamese Air Force into besieged Hue and returned to the U.S. to cover numerous college teach-ins.

Soon after Pearl Harbor, at 15-years old, Wiley joined the U.S.O. and entertained at bases throughout the U.S. for a year.  Two years later he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served with the Amphibious Corps in the Pacific and a brief tour with naval intelligence.  He received a Battle Star for his service at Okinawa.  Following his military service he received his degree from New York University.  His freelance articles and photographs have appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, Newsweek, and Time.  His investigative reporting has led to his arrest eight times by secret police, including the KGB.  Wiley has lectured in 50 states and six continents and was a speaker for the White House Public Outreach Group. He has taught life-experience seminars at five colleges and universities and frequently addresses military audiences in the U.S. and abroad.

The Home Front during the War in Vietnam will provide an analysis of the news media coverage during the Vietnam War and the actual picture.  Wiley will discuss his coverage of the Easter offensive and experience returning to Vietnam since the conflict.  He will also speak on his one-on-one interviews with General Westmoreland, Presidents Diem and Thieu, and other top figures.  Wiley will also discuss his coverage of the numerous college protests during continuous travel in the United States during the height of the War.

Attendees are asked to RSVP to (732) 335-0033. Teachers who attend this program will receive professional development credit hours. Admission is free for veterans and active-duty military personnel.  Adult admission is $5.00; student and senior citizen admission is $3.00. Children under 10 are admitted free.  The Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center is located adjacent to the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial off the Garden State Parkway at exit 116.  The Museum & Educational Center is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Please visit our website at www.njvvmf.org for more information.

New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation, Inc.

1 Memorial Lane, PO Box 648, Holmdel, NJ  07733

(732) 335-0033, Fax: (732) 335-1107; web: www.njvvmf.org