Vietnam Vet's Grandson's Trip to Vietnam

         Hi! My name is Luke Bowser. I am 13 and in 7th grade. I am the grandson of a Vietnam Veteran. I want to raise $4500.00 to go to Vietnam with My Mom at the end of July, 2014.

         I didn't get to meet my Grandpa Morris because he passed away two years before I was born. My Grandpa was exposed to Agent Orange when he in the Army serving in the Vietnam War from 1[phone redacted].  He died young because of his exposure to Agent Orange. 

           When I found out my Mom was going to Vietnam again with other kids and grandkids of Vietnam Veterans from the United States and Australia, I decided I would like to go too and would help her raise money for our trip. I enjoy history class at school and I want to learn more about the Vietnam War and Agent Orange. My Mom has been to Vietnam three times. She goes to meet other kids who have birth defects like her. She also works to try to get the kids of Vietnam Veterans here in the U.S. help. 

This is a photo of my Mom on one of her trips to Vietnam this is in Da Nang, Vietnam. 

I'm just a regular 7th grader, I've never traveled so far away before. I still need to get my passport! The Vietnam War is a part of my family history. I want to learn more about it than just by reading books. Here's a picture of me and my dog

       My Mom only has one leg. She's not like a lot of other Moms out there. She is also missing some of her fingers too. She was born that way and my Grandpa Morris believed it was caused by his exposure to Agent Orange. Here's a photo that shows my mom's hand holding a picture of her Dad, my Grandpa Morris (Photo Credit, Lisa DeJong)

Can you please help us fund our trip?
March 11th is the 16th anniversary of my Grandpa's death. I would like my mom to be happier on that day knowing we are well on our way to making our goal.
Your donation will go to:

1. My Passport Application Cost
2. Our Visitor Visa Costs
3. Our Airline Tickets + Taxes
4. Small gifts to give to children in hospitals and Orphanages

Here's a few more pictures of me, this one is of my family after our town's Memorial Day parade. I am a member of Canfield, Ohio Boy Scout Troop 25. I am currently working on my Star Rank. Here's a cool fact: Mike Ullman, the CEO of JCPenny's, received his Eagle Scout Award from Troop 25! 

 The hardest thing about going to Vietnam I think will be trying new food! Burgers and Mountain Dew!

Thanks for your help!

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Heather A. Bowser 
Canfield, OH
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