by Tom Reel, VSO Double Bassist
A unique veterans' benefit that came my way 45 years ago changed my life.
In 1975 I played an audition at the University of Kansas for acceptance as a Performance Major in Double Bass, enrolling as a freshman (albeit one with a college degree), having just returned to civilian life weeks before. My work in the air force had not been in music. I worked at ground based radar sites, including 382 days in Saigon, South Vietnam (but who's counting).