October 16, 2008
Written by: Jessica BehnhamA Texas Tech University associate professor of history has been appointed to serve as a member of the board of directors of the David Westphall Veterans Foundation. Ron Milam was appointed to the board on Oct. 3. He is a Vietnam veteran and has been involved with the Vietnam Center and Archive at Texas Tech for several years. The David Westphall Veterans Foundation is the founding organization responsible for the creation of the Vietnam Veterans National Memorial located near Angel Fire, N.M. Steve Maxner, director of The Vietnam Center at Texas Tech, said the memorial is visited by tens of thousands of visitors each year. "Through his work on the board, Ron will have an impact on the lives of countless veterans and their families as they visit this very special memorial," Maxner said. The memorial is the first Vietnam Veterans memorial built in the United States and was formally dedicated in 1971. Milam also serves on the Vietnam Center Advisory Board and has donated his personal collection of Vietnam War memorabilia to the Vietnam Archive. He is interim director for the Center and Archive for War and Diplomacy in the Post-Vietnam War Era. CONTACT: Steve Maxner, director, The Vietnam Center, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-9010, or firstname.lastname@example.org.