Larry Chambers: Distinguished Writing Instructor – Larry Chambers makes his living as a writer and is a national award-winning artist. He has published more than 1,000 articles and 50 books, most recently “Surviving the Storm” (McGraw Hill, 2007). His first book, “The First Time Investor-Starting Out Safe & Smart” (1991), became a featured selection in both the “Money” and “Fortune Book” of the Month clubs; “Protect Your 401(k)” was later named by “Barron Magazine” as one of the best investment Books of 2002. His two books about Vietnam, “Recondo-LRRPs in The 101st Airborne” (1992, revised and reissued in 2004), and “Death in the A Shau Valley,”1998) have sold more than 250,000 copies. He wrote the script “Recondo: Deadliest School on Earth,” based on his book for a History Channel special in 2001.
Chambers served in Vietnam from 1968-69 as an Army Ranger sergeant with Company L, 75th Rangers, 101st Airborne Division, for which he was awarded a Purple Heart, two Bronze Stars (one for valor), two Air Medals with “V” device (combat with an enemy force), the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Parachutist Badge, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry.
Chambers and Ojai Writers Conference founder, Sequoia Hamilton, have together created THE VETERANS HISTORY PROJECT: HEALING THROUGH STORY, a program which thanks and honors our Vietnam veterans and their families in a memorable, dignified and honorable way by helping them to record their personal stories in writing and film, as gifts to history and their families.Vets stories will be immortalized in writing, on the internet (blogs and YouTube videos) and in a permanent collection in The Library of Congress.
Chambers’ passion is helping fellow veterans receive their VA benefits and has dedicated himself to helping young veterans overcome obstacles they face upon return to civilian life. Chambers offer a range of services for these veterans including courses, consultation, books, tools and online articles (including “Yes, That Changed My Life.“)