I spent a week at the Vietnam Women Veterans Conference at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Concord in May. I knew the conference would be exciting, as it was put together by Dianne Hatley of Harrisburg, who spent months attending to details. From the minute we arrived, we were treated superbly. The hotel manager, Kathryn McGuire, and every staff member treated us as if we were the only guests.
After a week to be remembered, 13 of us stayed over Sunday night and walked to the Texas Roadhouse near the hotel. Some of the women had on Vietnam shirts and caps. A gentleman, also a Vietnam veteran, came over and spoke with us. As he was leaving the restaurant, he put $100 on the table for our dinner.
If he happens to read this, I hope he’ll accept our sincere thanks. The group decided to give the $100 to our organization, Vietnam Women Veterans, to help with our next conference – to be held in two years in Phoenix.
When we asked the waiter for our check, he said, “Thank you for your service, and the meal is on the Texas Roadhouse.” This made tears come to my eyes, especially since this would never have happened when we returned from Vietnam in the ’60s and ’70s.
Thank you, North Carolina, for your kindness and fine hospitality.
Nancy Jurgevich, President of Vietnam Women Veterans. Melbourne, Fla.