War-time Nurse Visits Texas Tech for Vietnam Lecture Series

LeAnn Thieman will speak on her experience as a nurse during the Vietnam Orphan Airlift at 7 p.m. May 12 in the Allen Theatre.

Written by Jaryn Jones

Nationally acclaimed professional speaker LeAnn Thieman will share the story of her involvement in the Vietnam Orphan Airlift as part of a guest lecture series presented by Texas Tech University’s Vietnam Center and Archive. The lecture will take place at 7 p.m. May 12 in the Lanier Auditorium of the Texas Tech Law School.

Thieman was a nurse during the Vietnam War and helped rescue 300 Vietnamese babies from South Vietnam before it fell to communist troops. Her book, “This Must Be My Brother,” details her involvement in the Airlift.

After the story was featured in “Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul,” Thieman became a regular contributor to several books in the “Chicken Soup” series. Her devotion to 30 years of nursing made her an ideal co-author of “Chicken Soup for the Nurse’s Soul.”

Thieman is one of very few to have earned the Certified Speaking Professional title, and she was inducted to the Speaker Hall of Fame in 2008.

Thieman’s lecture will discuss the lessons learned from her airlift experience. She encourages her audience to balance their lives and truly live their priorities.

Admission to the lecture is free and open to the public. Visit www.vietnam.ttu.edu for more information.

CONTACT: Mary Saffell, associate director, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-9010 or mary.saffell@ttu.edu.