7:00 am - 8:30 am
Sheraton Brookhollow Hotel
WHO: The Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce will host Vietnam War veteran, Houston doctor and author Samuel Axelrad, M.D. for its monthly breakfast connection.
WHAT: Dr. Samuel Axelrad is a Houston author, retired urologist and Vietnam War veteran who recently published a memoir titled Peaceful Bones. Dr. Axelrad’s memoir illustrates his time in Vietnam as an army surgeon during the Vietnam war where he finds himself helping not only American soldiers but hundreds of Vietnamese citizens both wounded and ill. Peaceful Bones is about one special patient named Hung Nguyen aka “Charlie” who becomes an unlikely friend on the battlefield. Dr. Axelrad saves Charlie’s life, forging a bond that crosses cultural and enemy lines.
Their reunion, 46 years after losing touch in 1967, was a moving and inspiring moment that made history around the world. Peaceful Bones is Dr. Axelrad’s stories of the war, his life, and the uncanny “coincidences” that brought him and Charlie together twice in one lifetime over several decades and thousands of miles. Dr. Axelrad’s son, Chris, and Rabbi Ranon Teller co-authored the memoir.
The Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce invites guests, members and non-members to attend and enjoy a hot breakfast. Online tickets are $20 for members and $25 for non-members prior to the event. At the door on the day of the event, tickets are $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Peaceful Bones autographed copies will be available for purchase.
WHY: A portion of the book’s proceeds benefit Texas for Heroes, an organization that sponsors retreats for U.S. veterans, and Hoa Binh Peace Village, which supports children in Vietnam affected by Agent Orange. Experience the story of an inspirational friendship between two enemy soldiers. Their reunion over four decades later was featured internationally on Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, BBC, Fox News, CBS News and many more.
About Dr. Samuel Axelrad:
Samuel D. Axelrad, M.D. is a retired urologist and a veteran of the Vietnam War, where he served as an army surgeon commanding a Forward Medical Company in the First Air Cavalry. He graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX and soon thereafter enlisted in the military to serve his country. After his service he moved to Houston, TX where he practiced for over 40 years as an urologist.
He is now retired from private practice and currently lives in Houston where he spends time with his wife, three children and many grandchildren. Dr. Axelrad is the author of Peaceful Bones, an inspirational novel about his experience in the Vietnam War, his life, and the uncanny “coincidences” that brought him and an unlikely friend together.