Retired Air Force LTC (27 1/2 yrs), Vietnam Veteran and mentor to Ted Mangum, Rev. James M. Powell, Sr.; enjoys a surprise anniversary gathering on the 50th wedding anniversary with his wife, Johnell Powell.
Mangum, pictured here in a bunker in Vietnam, served a tour of duty in several locations throughout Vietnam. His father, Willard Mangum, served 4 years in WWII. Mangum drew on their military experiences in founding RELAY.
For over 3 decades, RELAY founder, Ted Mangum effectively used "Post Traumatic Growth" (PTG) without knowing or labeling it, as he worked with nearly 1,000 or more children from New Orleans and Mississippi to Greensboro, Durham, Charlotte, NC and Southern Maryland. Here, he and a dozen other Vietnam Vets FINALLY receive some extensive therapy from the Martinsburg, West Virginia V.A. Hospital PTSD Unit, as they visit the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, DC.
Mangum's family members from his father and cousin in WWII (cousin was a member of the famous "Red Tails"), to his uncle (Bethel McKoy) who received every medal short of the "Medal of Honor" for his bravery in the Korean War, along with another uncle and host of cousins and brother-in-law, served and fought in Vietnam. Here, his uncle Bethel (or BET, as all the family members called him), pose with his aunt Gertrude and Bet's son, Stu, who ALSO fought and was severely wounded in Vietnam.