Bruce Hopkins served as a platoon leader in Company D, 1/12th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division in 1970. He enlisted from Laurel, Maryland in 1968. In May 1969, he completed Infantry OCS. Bruce ended up serving a total of 29 years in the Active, Reserve, and Guard. He currently lives in Spotsylvania, Virginia.
This project began after Bruce received a telephone call one night at 10 p.m. from a former soldier. He had not talked to the soldier for over 40 years. The veteran described that he lost his promised retirement benefits from a company he had worked with for over 30 years. Additionally, he had applied for VA benefits for PTSD and this had been denied. As a result, he had severe financial problems in the latter part of his life. Two weeks later following the call, the soldier died unexpectantly of respiratory failure caused from Leukemia (an Agent Orange disease). The veteran had not yet heard from the appeal submitted to the VA.
Bruce was inspired by the artwork of a fellow Red Warrior, Jerry Hollister, and began drawing his own cartoons. It took nearly a year to develop the website www.vietnamveteranscartoons.com .