Stan Corvin, Jr.
Born in 1945 in a small town in West Texas, Stan grew up in a military family. His father, a career United States Air Force fighter pilot from 1941 to 1970 retired as a colonel, and his mother was an elementary school teacher who frequently taught at many of the bases where they were stationed.
After attending Texas Tech University for his undergraduate studies, Stan was drafted into the U.S. Army during his first semester of law school at the University of Texas. While in basic training, he was accepted into the Army’s helicopter flight school and graduated nine months later in December 1967. Serving in the U.S. Army from 1967 to 1974, he flew helicopters in Vietnam in 1968-69 and 1971-72 attaining the rank of captain. Stan resigned his commission in 1974 to pursue a career in banking.
In 1983 while a full-time commercial banker, Stan was chosen to be the Executive Director of the Vietnam Veterans Leadership Program (VVLP) an advocacy initiative funded by the U.S. Action Agency and supported by President Ronald Reagan. Its purpose was to assist veterans suffering from PTSD and active-duty personnel transitioning out of the military into civilian life. Speaking at hundreds of civic groups, churches, and schools, Stan's goal was to change the image of the Vietnam veteran from a "Rambo" style self-loathing individualist to a productive member of American society and the business world. Stan continued in the VVLP role for six years.
In 2014, after forty years in banking and commercial lending, Stan retired, and in 2015 wrote, and published the first edition of Vietnam Saga: Exploits of a Combat Helicopter Pilot, a vivid personal memoir about his three years of flying during the Vietnam War.
In 2015, Stan was asked by a close friend Major General Carl G. Schneider to write his memoirs about flying jets in Korea and Vietnam and how he rose through the ranks from an enlisted private to a two-star general in thirty years; a feat only six men in the history of the United States military have ever accomplished. Thus Jet Pioneer: A Fighter Pilot's Memoir was written and published.
Then in 2017 Stan wrote and published the second edition of Vietnam Saga: Exploits of a Combat Helicopter Pilot which included expanded text and photographs.
In February 2018, Stan wrote and published Echoes of the Hunt. Taking place in West Texas, the book is a true story of Stan's ten-day stalking of a trophy mule deer. While sitting alone beside a warm fireplace and in a cold deer stand, he also recalls childhood stories of hunting adventures with his father, grandfather, and uncles.
In September 2018 Stan co-authored and published Vietnam Abyss: A Journal of Unmerited Grace. It is the inspiring true story of Michael J. Snook a Vietnam Veteran who descends into the darkness of chronic Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), alcoholism, insanity and multiple confinements in a Veterans Administration psychiatric ward then later through his participation in PTSD counseling sessions and the program of Alcoholics Anonymous recovers and becomes a born-again Christian and an ordained minister.
All of the books are available through Amazon Books, Kindle, Barnes & Noble and as audio books on Audible.com and iTunes.
Stan and his wife live in Fort Worth, Texas, and have a large family of seven grown children and sixteen grandchildren.