CBS Miami recently spotlighted Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 25 founder and National President Thomas Corey as part of its “Heroes Among Us” series. The series is presented in partnership with the Florida Panthers NHL franchise.
Specialist Corey was drafted in 1966 and served in the First Calvary Division in Vietnam. On Jan. 31, 1968, Corey suffered a spinal cord injury in battle and was paralyzed. He received a Bronze Star for Valor and two Purple Hearts.
“Fortunately I was able to recover some movement in my arms and able to do things that helped me continue my life always working with veteran organizations,” Corey told the television station.
“I started a chapter in Palm Beach County, working my way up to president of” VVA, he said. “I just thought my responsibility to do what I could for those who came home and the ones who lost their lives in Vietnam.”
Corey has returned to Vietnam 16 times to represent VVA and has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in Vietnam.