Like many Vietnam War era veterans, Donnie Vogt was met by indifference or hostility when he returned from service. Because of his experience, he is devoted to ensuring all veterans are given the support he didn’t receive.
Donnie was born on his family farm northeast of Minden. In 1966, at the age of 24, he was drafted into the army. Answering the call to service, he left his wife and two daughters and boarded an Omaha bound train full of recruits in the wee hours of the morning.
Following a physical, the recruits were taken by bus to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. From there, Donnie was sent with a unit headed to Fort Campbell, Kentucky for basic training.
see November 10 Courier for full story