The Union League Club welcomes Illinois native Allen J. Lynch. He is a combat veteran of the Vietnam War, a Medal of Honor recipient, and has spent his career in devoted service to U.S. military veterans. Mr. Lynch is a member of the Union League Club and American Legion Post 758. He'll be discussing his new book, ZERO TO HERO: From Bullied Kid to Warrior. This is a ticketed event. You can purchase your tickets here, or by phone with The Book Stall: 847-446-8880.
The event begins with registration and reception at 11:30 a.m. with luncheon and programming at noon. The price is $35 per person and if you or your guest have a food allergy or a dietary restriction, please contact Club Services at 800.443.0578 and let them know. Books will be available for purchasing and signing will take place before and after lunch. The Union League Club of Chicago adheres to a no denim or athletic wear dress code.
Zero to Hero tells the inspiring story that takes Allen J. Lynch from bullies on the playground in 1950s Illinois, to the enemy on the battlefield in Vietnam, to the demons of PTSD he’s battled ever since. “I’m proof that life can be turned in a positive direction,” Lynch writes in the book. “Being bullied in school made me nothing more or less than a survivor. It gave me an inner strength that got me through life-or-death combat situations and later helped me battle PTSD for more than forty years. I persevered. Bad things happen in life—they are often unavoidable. It is how you deal with them that matters.”
ALLEN J. LYNCH is a Chicago native, a veteran of the United States Army, and a recipient of the Medal of Honor for combat actions in the Vietnam War. On December 15, 1967, Lynch and the rest of his platoon were on their way back for a well-deserved rest when they were called in to support another company that had been outnumbered by an enemy force. Under intense fire, Lynch carried three wounded soldiers to safety, and single-handedly defended them against the advancing enemy force for several hours. His quick-thinking and disregard for his own safety were vital in saving those lives, but his fight on behalf of his fellow soldiers did not end on the battlefield. After leaving active duty, Lynch worked for several years in the Veterans Administration, advocating for increased benefits for disabled veterans, and served most recently as chief of the Veterans Rights Bureau for the Illinois Attorney General's Office. Now retired, he continues that commitment as president and founder of the Allen J. Lynch Medal of Honor Veterans Foundation.
This is the life story of Al Lynch in his own words -- an American hero who is now one of only 72 living Medal of Honor recipients. This is the story of a happy boy growing up in Chicagoland's South Side industrial neighborhoods. His early happiness was almost eradicated by several years of intense bullying, though he found ways to overcome that experience.