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Joni Bour is a native Oregonian and works in elementary school special education. Describing herself, she says, she is a searcher, believer, and rebel. She says above all things, she is a believer in what others might consider lost causes, and knows that tenacity is faith. Every day she sees things that other people would not have thought possible, that happened because someone believed it could should and would.
Joni has held a fascination with the veterans of the Vietnam War all of her life. She says she has no idea why, but even as a child growing up in the 60's and 70's she would take every opportunity to study them, not so much the war, but the men and women who served there, who they were, why they were, and what they had become after the war. She spends much of her free time working on veteran related projects, such as working at traveling memorials, volunteering for the Veterans History Project for the Library of Congress, writing book reviews for books written about the Vietnam War and has been sought out by veteran authors to write forewords and afterwords for their books.