Forty-five years ago my brother, Thomas Shaw, and another young officer, Jim Crigler, were roommates during the Vietnam War. They made a brotherly pact to accompany each other’s remains should either of them die in combat. Sadly, this was the first time I ever met Jim—in 1972, escorted by a priest, Jim helped my family absorb the news that my brother valiantly died in the war.

Now Jim is spreading the word, supporting veterans and Gold Star families who lost a loved one in a war. Paddling the Mississippi River over two months after writing a book about his experience in Vietnam, Jim is raising money through donations and also through the sales of his book. I was honored to be featured alongside Jim in a piece produced by WISC-TV3 about Jim’s mission. Please visit for more information. Veterans, Gold Star families, and my family thanks you.