Gold Star families who lost relatives in the Vietnam War, have often felt like the forgotten casualties of war; the stigma and controversy surrounding the war have prevented many of these families from even talking about it. Jim Crigler is on a mission to honor these families.

Jim began a solo canoe trip down the full length of the Mississippi River, stopping at 29 cities and towns along the way, to meet with Gold Star families and veterans, presenting them with a symbolic gold coin. He will also raise money for American Huey 369, a charitable organization that gives helicopter flights to veterans and their families.

Mr. Crigler has also written a book, Mission of Honor: a moral compass for a moral dilemma  that's available now. It's an autobiography of life during and after the Vietnam War. Including his days as a Warrant Officer fliying a UH-1 Helicopter in the jungle highlands of South Vietnam.

As of Wednesday, Jim was just south of Lake City.  After a cold start, the weather is a bit more comfortable now.

Hear my interview with Jim Crigler this (Thursday) morning at 8:40 and you can follow Jim's journey via facebook at mission of honor - mississippi gold star paddle.

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