We’re a 501-C-3 organization founded in January 2017 by Greg Goettsch. Mr. Goettsch is a Vietnam Navy Veteran serving three tours from 1968 – 1972. He’s active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars organization at Post, District, State and National levels.
From 1972 to 2011 he hid his Veteran status, especially being a Vietnam Veteran, because of the controversy and disrespect. In May 2011 he was invited to participate in a small lineup for the Northern Colorado Honor Flight motorcade on their way to Denver International Airport. Being a part of the lineup along the highway was a life-changing experience.
After the motorcade passed, he sat where he had been standing and broke down in uncontrollable sobbing. That triggered many deep feelings he had no idea existed. He realized that if he felt that way, many of his comrades do too.
He started wearing clothing showing he’s a Veteran and proudly wore his VFW hat and shirts. Other Veterans would approach him – whether at a community event, grocery store, gas station, coffee shop, or other public places – and began talking to him about their time in the military. Some conversations would last 30 minutes or more. Most of them would say “I don’t know why I’m telling you this. I’ve never told anyone before.”
That spawned the beginning of Qualified Listeners.