JIM MILLER OF Ripon sits beside his log of donations, right, and documentation from the government about Miller’s service during Vietnam.				   Ian Stepleton photo
JIM MILLER OF Ripon sits beside his log of donations, right, and documentation from the government about Miller’s service during Vietnam. Ian Stepleton photo

     JIM MILLER REMEMBERS all too well what it was like when he flew back to the Midwest.

     It was July 1968, and he was wearing his Army dress uniform.

     “When I come home from Vietnam, it was rough. I was spit on, I was sh** on. Stuff thrown at you, and I never forgot it,” he said.

     That was 50 years ago this summer ...

     In a couple weeks, he’ll be taking another flight, as a veteran, to Washington D.C.

     When he boards his Honor Flight May 23, in all likelihood his eyes will well up once more, but this time with tears of joy.

     By that time, with a lot of help from the Ripon community, Jim will have given back far more to Honor Flight than he’ll be taking — probably as much as $13,000.

     More, even, if enough people come down to the fund-raiser he’s planned for Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. at Miller’s Tavern. ...

     The event will include a food and numerous raffles, as well as a visit from representatives of the Honor Flight for the second half of the event Saturday. ...

     Want to give to Jim’s fund-raiser for Honor Flight? Give him a call at 920-203-5557.

     To read the entire column, see the May 17, 2018 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.