Years ago, living in Indiana as a young returned veteran from Vietnam, my wife and I saw an article in the New Castle courier times about a new Vietnam ring that had just been released. From that time in 1984 I continuously wore the ring as a tribute to all Veterans. Over those 35 years the ring became scratched, the roping wore off and the stone eventually fell off but I still wore it. Fast forward to 2019, to the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention in Orlando Florida. I was sitting in the audience and Jim Chancellor was on stage presenting the very same ring to our incoming National Commander. I contacted Jim and showed him my ring. He stated that it was worn but guaranteed for life and to send it to him for reconditioning. Days later I received a call that the ring was too badly damaged and he asked if he could have a new one made for me! I couldn't believe that I would be getting a new ring after 35 years! The day came and the ring arrived as beautiful as te first one in 1984!
Unfortunately, a large number of the individuals that come through our court system suffer from various mental health disorders. For people in our line of work, such situations can be completely foreign and quite frankly very difficult for us to understand. Jim Chancellor's presentation on PTSD was essential in helping us understand what this disorder truly is and how it affects those around us. The information Jim was able to bring to us will be instrumental in coming cases and we look forward to working with him again.
Bernard A. Carter
Lake County Prosecutor
Jim Chancellor has been a huge asset to the formation and success of the Veterans Treatment Court. Jim has served as a mentor to six veterans since the court’s inception in 2014. He has helped veterans find assistance with housing and paying utility bills. Jim’s experience as a veteran and his willingness to share his experience has given the staff of the VTC great insight into aiding veterans who have taken part in the program. Jim has been essential in making our Veterans Treatment Court a success.
The Honorable Julie N. Cantrell
Superior Court of Lake County, IN
One day at the VA, I was sharing my hard luck story to a fellow veteran, and he said, “you need to call Jim Chancellor.” Boy am I glad I did. Jim and his network of resources took me from near homelessness, without a valid driver’s license and paying an Uber driver to take me back and forth to a dead in job, to where I am today. Not only did Jim help me regain my driver’s license but he also helped me get my Class A Commercial Driver’s License back which allowed me to move into a new apartment and start my life over again. Thanks Jim. Thanks for all you do for our veterans.
U.S. Army Veteran
After my Husband was diagnosed with stage four tongue, throat and jaw cancer in October of 2015, he had 2 major facial surgeries, including a reconstruction surgery in June of 2016. He hasn’t been able to return to work, and I have been caring for him which makes it nearly impossible to work. Jim has made extended efforts in providing my family and I with presents for last year’s Christmas: toys, food, and shoes for my whole family. Also, if there was something I needed and Jim couldn’t provide, he always made sure I received the information and resources that could get me the assistance I needed. For that I am extremely thankful. Without Jim’s time and dedication my family and I wouldn’t be where we are today. Thank you, Jim.
U.S. Military Veteran
I really appreciate the Vietnam Veterans Ring you presented to me on Sunday, at the Holiday Star Plaza. You know that Vietnam was such a controversial war was while it was going on, that our veterans never got any of the credit they deserved until after some of these pictures came out. Then the people saw what the real fighting looked like. They started to realize that these Vietnam Veterans really put themselves on the line. I'll be very proud of this Ring. I've had a lot of souvenirs in my lifetime, but this one is a stand-out! I really appreciate your thoughts...all those kind words, and I do hope to see you again.
We want to extend our many thanks for coming to our school and speaking with us. This whole experience has been very enlightening for all of us and we truly feel changed because of it. We are all so blessed to know a gentleman like you! You are not only a hero to all of us citizens, but the ones you fought with—you are a hero for being the voice for all who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. May God continue to bless you, your journey and your family!
Casey, Colby, Aurora, Aaron & Drew
By your initiative to create the ring, you have made an important contribution to the resurgence of pride by the Vietnam Veteran in himself and an awareness by the American people that the Vietnam Veteran did the job his Nation's leaders asked him to do and did it well under circumstances unique in American history. To put it another way, the ring is further evidence that we Vets are ready to stand up proudly and be counted for our role in history.
Gen. William Childs Westmoreland
Chief of Staff, U.S. Army
Commander, U.S. Forces
I have been wearing your Vietnam Veterans' Ring...and wanted to tell you how much more the ring has come to mean to me than I had ever imagined. It has been a link between myself and other Vietnam Veterans who might never had made themselves known to me if they had not seen the ring. The ring is a source of pride and recognition of a special brotherhood that came from this unique dedication and service to our country. (The ring) has been responsible for initiating many wonderful friendships, for assisting me in keeping the lines of communication open between myself and other vets, and, more than once, for finding vets who were needing assistance for one reason or another.
Sammy L. Davis C.M.H.
Medal of Honor Recipient
Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army
Jim is a focused Vietnam Veteran that has a passion to improve the civilian community’s awareness of the process for soldiers to reintegrate into civilian life, post military assignments. Jim relates his experience in Vietnam along with his own reintegration process as a baseline for an on target, insightful presentation. This presentation is designed to stimulate discussions that pertain to the uphill battle many of our soldiers returning from the battlefield face on a daily basis. Jim has been there, done that—and his straightforward presentation provokes PTSD discussions based on real world experiences.
Indiana National Guard
Post-traumatic stress affects not only the individual, but it affects every person involved with their lifestyle. Jim Chancellor helps the healing process of survivors and expands the awareness of others through his dynamic communication, knowledge and compassion. I have laughed, cried and been inspired with hope by his meaningful presentations.
Professor Marcia A. Miller, PhD, RN
Chair & Professor of Nursing
St. Mary-of-the-Woods College
Jim Chancellor possesses the natural ability to inspire audiences. Through his words he encourages, challenges and awakens people to re-examine their old beliefs. Jim speaks with simplicity and from the heart. Audiences of all ages relate to his style and presentations. I know you will love him too.
Heather Ann Harder, PhD
Jim’s presentations are directly from his experiences of war and his life afterwards. He shares his personal struggles coupled with striking statistics that are often overlooked by society. His efforts are thought provoking and bring the war home to his audience.