Spotlights on Members

Every Republican Senior has a life-story worth hearing.

Watch below for some reflections from a few members.

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Ken Slinde - November, 2023

Ken Slinde, like many of us, thinks his life was pretty perfect in the 1950s and 1960s. Then the Vietnam War disrupted his and our country’s peace. After college he joined the U.S. Army and served stateside at Ft. Rucker, Alabama. There, he worked in a medical lab, studying the heart’s reaction to paratrooping. He gives credit to his time in the Army for his later life of service as a volunteer driver for the Disabled American Veterans (DAV).

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Bill Kwasny - October, 2023

Bill Kwasny is a retired First Lieutenant Construction Officer with the US Army and was on active duty during the peak of the Vietnam war in the mid-1960s. In this interview recorded September 2023, Bill's story reveals his early college years in the ROTC and then proudly enlisting in the Army before the draft would surely have taken him. His time across the sea didn’t turn out as he had hoped, yet he did what he was told to do; a mantra he lives by even to this day.

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Bob Maginnis - July 2023

We can thank Bob Maginnis for his advocacy for us Senior Republicans and the growth of our organization over many years. Among one of many of our veterans, Bob tells the story of his years in the U.S. Army after an idyllic youth in Chicago.

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Col. Don Patton, USA, (Ret.) - 2023

Col. Patton is an Army veteran from Edina who served in the U.S. Army for 30 years, which included 13 years in command positions with two battalion commands. After graduation from the Army War College in 1985, Don organized, with Dr. Harold Deutsch, the WWII History Round Table, and since retiring as a colonel, Don works tirelessly to preserve the factual history and study of WWII.

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Yazdan Bakhsh - May 2023 

In this profile, we will meet and hear from a man born and raised in Afghanistan who, at the age of 7 began to labor – actually work to survive. And also began to comprehend the prejudice and hatred against him, his birth parents and siblings. Adopted by an American family while in his teens, today Yazdan is a successful American citizen, a national sales director, book author, entrepreneur and mindset coach.

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