Special Reunion Between Two Unlikely Vets

Demetri, Sasha and Shad

Almost 35 years ago, they met in Russia. One was a Russian Vet who served in Afghanistan. The other was an American Vet who served in Vietnam. Returned from war, both turned to serving fellow war Vets. The American was our own Shad Meshad.

The director of Earthstewards Network, an international non-profit organization to create positive change, had heard about Shad’s work with combat war Veterans suffering from PTSD. Believing the work had to be shared, Diana Glasgow arranged through Earthstewards for Shad to travel to Russia to meet a group of disabled Vets there. Subsequently, Shad made several trips, and a group of Russian Vets came to California.

The bonds between these two men have held, and Sasha Kalandar recently invited Shad to his home in the Seychelles. Best, several other Russian Veterans are joining in the reunion. The photos tell the story of the brotherhood of shared experience.

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About the Author

Rich Rudnick

Rich Rudnick served in the U.S. Navy from 1977 through 1983 as an Interior Communications Electrician’s Mate aboard the USS Manitowoc out of Little Creek, Virginia. After leaving the service, he worked as a bench tech and as a system specialist, designing multi-story building heating and ventilation systems. For the last 15 years, he has worked for organizations serving the homeless. He joined the NVF in February 2007.


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