Dan and Mae Hitchcock

   Oregon Country Fair

          JIM HINDE 








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Jim Hinde.

Dan painted this wood cut-out portrait of beloved musician, Jim Hinde.

Goodbye Jim Hinde, Tribute to Vietnam Vet

Goodbye Jim Hinde
Eat the State - USA
by Jim Page

Jim Hinde was the real deal. He was born and raised in Ohio. He was a Vietnam Vet who rambled homeless and broke in the early '70s, lived in the skid road missions, and rode the freights. He settled in Seattle as a father and musician, and wrote a whole bunch of songs. He became such a solid force in the Seattle busking scene that when he died unexpectedly the morning of June 9, the whole city gasped and half of the Pike Place Market went home early.

The wind blew real hard all that day. Jim didn't like the hard winds because they reminded him of the typhoons when he was in the Navy. That was a time that haunted him. It kept him from sleeping and woke him up with night sweats--Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), the shadow partner that Uncle Sam gives to his military veterans. Jim would spend the last years of his life pursuing his claim for service-related disability benefits from the Veterans Administration. Not just for himself but for all vets. Maybe it wore him out.

Jim was one of the founders of the Pike Market Performers Guild, an organizing body of Seattle street performers. With his work ethic and background, he was an enormous asset for getting all the nuts and bolts in place to create and produce the annual Pike Market Busker Festival. Organized collectively, the Guild seeks to raise the profile and legitimacy of street performers, who by nature are a little outside the social norm. Jim could bridge that gap. The festival has now become an established part of the city's culture, and busking a celebrated art form.
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Vietnam Veterans of America - Jim Hinde Memorial Chapter 102

Chapter 102 is named for Jim Hinde.  If you didn't know him, please click here and we will tell you: 

           "Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another"  Jim Hinde



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P.O. Box 30189

Seattle, WA  98113


voicemail: 888-201-9310


e-mail: info@vva102.org

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 Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 102, Seattle, Washington, was formed in 1980.

Our parent organization, Vietnam Veterans of America is the only national Vietnam veterans organization chartered by congress and exclusively dedicated to Vietnam-era veterans and their families. It's a not-for-profit corporation and is a 501(c)(19) tax exempt organization.


Chapter 102 meets monthly October through June on the first Tuesday at 7 p.m.  The usual location is the Ballard VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3063) 2812 NW Market Street, Seattle, WA (2 blocks east of the Corps of Engineers Hiram Chittenden (Ballard) Locks).  Occasionally, the VFW is unavailable (such as when it's used as a polling location), and we select another location to meet.  Please call or e-mail the Chapter if you have any questions.


As part of the Vietnam Veterans of America, our Chapter's main focus is on helping U.S. veterans of that era.  If you served during the Vietnam era, or in Iraq, Afghanistan, or the Global War on Terrorism, and have questions pertaining to your veteran benefits or entitlements, we're here to assist.  Click on the "Vets Connect" link below.