Richard was invited to join the cast of Good Day Valley, a part of KFXV-LD channel 67, which is a Fox-affiliated station in McAllen, Texas, owned by Entravision Communications! In an interview that aired Wednesday, July 16, Mr. Pena told the story of how the book, Last Plane Out of Saigon, came to be and the focus on helping to form a national strategy for our veterans! To see the full interview click HERE!
On June 26, 2014 Mr. Pena's brother-in-law, Michael Malley, a Vietnam veteran, drafted a letter to him and it reads as follows.
Thanks for "Last Plane Out of Saigon," which I just finished. "Enjoy" isn't exactly the word that comes to my mind, as in "I really enjoyed it," because your book doesn't evoke pleasurable feelings or memories.
But it does evoke deep feelings and memories in me, and for that reason I congratulate you and John Hagan on a powerful and incisive remembrance of a time and place and war that isn't really past.
I bet that the more recent veterans of the Iraq war, many of whom weren't born while the Vietnam war was going on would respond as I did when reading your book.