We are creating this page on behalf of our Father, Frank Romeo-to help support him to return to Vietnam, after almost 45 years!
In 1968, at the age of 18, Frank Romeo enlisted in the army, and in 1969, he was deployed to Vietnam. During his tour of duty, Frank was critically wounded. Years after returning, Frank discovered that through creating artwork, writing and lecturing, that he was in fact not only healing from his own experience, but that he was able to touch others by teaching and sharing his message. Frank has dedicated the past 20 years of his life to sharing his personal story while creating educational opportunities to learn about PTSD and the Vietnam experience. It is in the spirit of truth, healing and understanding, that Frank regularly conducts art exhibits and lectures to youth and young adults all over the East Coast.
Frank has continued to explore his work in the Vietnam experience and after receiving many accolades-he still felt as if a piece was missing. Our father knew that in order to gain closure and truly heal from HIS Vietnam experience, he must go back. As Frank explains it, his re-visit to Vietnam is a historical, spiritual, and emotional journey. And in the true nature of our dad, it is one that he feels compelled to share with others.
In a journey that has never been documented before, Frank is inviting friends, family and youth and young adults from all over world to follow his travels in real time. Frank has created an interactive blog that will coverhis 1968-1970 years in the military as he "revisits a time and place that sculptured my (his) life." (Frank) will travel to "key locations involved in the war and try to bring a viewpoint only seen through a soldiers eyes". Followers will be able to track Frank on his journey, and post questions as he visits these places and attempts to bring life, in real time-50 years later, to the Vietnam experience.
Frank has continued to lecture and support awareness around the Vietnam experience for many years, and he has always done so on his own dime. We hope that we can show our dad that we appreciate and support his work and bravery in his decision to return to a place in time that has shaped our lives. Anything that is donated to this project will go to travel expenses, room and board and all other costs incurred in this trip.
Please help us to support our father to return to Vietnam, and to continue his life's work.
Thank you so much,
Love, the Romeo children.
For more information on Frank Romeo or to follow his journey back to Vietnam, please check out his blog: Gotmysecondwind.blogspot.com
For more info on his work with Vientam Artwork and lectures: Vietnamartwork.com
To see a Channel 12 interveiw clip of my dad: Vimeo.com/96372603
"Frank Romeo is a disabled Vietnam Veteran, a survivor in many ways. He has survived physically from the pain and trauma of being critically wounded at 18. He has survived emotionally from the post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that has plagued him for over 30 years. And he has survived spiritually through painting, public speaking, and writing." (J