Vietnam nurse will speak at Veterans Day event in Dover

DOVER − Rhona K. Prescott, a nurse who served in Vietnam, will be the keynote speaker at a Veterans Day ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Kent County Veterans Memorial Park.

The event is hosted by Kent County Chapter 850 of the Vietnam Veterans of America.

Ms. Prescott served multiple roles in Vietnam beginning in Saigon in 1967 assisting with thoracic and brain surgery, later serving as acting chief nurse in a tent hospital in the central highlands, and finally being assigned to a POW hospital before rotating home in 1968.

After licensing as an R.N., she was commissioned into the Army Nurse Corps in 1961 and served as an operating room nursing in a number of stateside assignments followed by a year in Korea. She received orders for Vietnam after completing an administrative and management course.

Rhona K. Prescott

After returning with nearly seven years’ service she resigned her commission to become a mother and officer’s wife. Her husband Stephen, a Vietnam veteran, later died from a service related condition.

After finishing graduate school at the University of Houston she began a second career as a clinical social worker, eventually retiring from the VA Readjustment Counseling Service, known also as the Vet Center system.

Ms. Prescott’s specialty was and remains PTSD. She joined private practice and began publishing professional articles, including writing about her experience in Vietnam, with parts of six books and a play to her credit.

After retiring she became involved with the homeless population, helped found a shelter in New York State and is working on one in lower Delaware. She is a member of Chapter 1105, Vietnam Veterans of America, Millsboro.

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