Michael K. Heaney, JD, PhD, Vietnam Veteran

Michael K. Heaney grew up in Basking Ridge, New Jersey.  He holds a law degree from Harvard, and a PhD in American History from Rutgers University.  He is a former Infantry Platoon Leader and wounded combat veteran of the Vietnam War.  

For the past 30 years, he has worked as a volunteer on various veteran and "wounded warrior" undertakings, including leading wilderness expeditions in New England for fifteen years for veterans diagnosed with PTSD; participating in "former enemy" exchanges with Soviet veterans in Uzbekistan and Vietnamese veterans in Binh Dinh Province (Vietnam); and leading several veteran book reading groups at the White River Junction (VT) VA and the Burlington (VT) Veterans Center.  

Heaney is completing a combat memoir.  He has also written war-related short-stories.  His doctoral thesis described the post-war life outcomes of survivors of a heavily engaged Union infantry company during the American Civil War.  

He has taught college courses about war and veterans history, and about war in film and literature, at Trinity College, and Yale and Rutgers Universities.  In spring, 2016, as a guest lecturer, he taught a History course on the Vietnam War at Trinity College, in Hartford, CT.  He appears in episodes of the Ken Burns and Lynn Novick documentary series, “The Vietnam War,” airing on PBS in September 2017.  

He is married with five children, and resides in Hartland, VT.