When George Bennett was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1966 and left his hometown of Sitka, Alaska, he didn’t know what would come next. After serving at Cam Rahn Bay in Vietnam, he certainly didn’t know it would be more than 30 years before he would finally return to Sitka.
In the many years before returning to Sitka, Bennett stayed silent about being a Vietnam Veteran and distanced himself from his culture. On his long journey toward self-fulfillment, his experiences equipped him and empowered him to be an advocate for VA virtual health care in the nation’s last frontier.
Today, Bennett’s work is crucial to the 715 Veterans who live in Sitka and the 71,000 Veterans across the state. In his role as Alaska’s liaison to rural Veterans, he advises Veterans on how to take care of themselves and connect with resources, like his favorite VA tool, My HealtheVet.