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Vietnam Veterans

The Venice POW/MIA Mural, an Opportunity to Renew our Gratitude to Those Who Served

Shad Meshad | Posted 06.26.2016 | Impact
Shad Meshad

On May 27th, a person yet to be identified spray painted graffiti across a 100-feet wide swath of a wall in the city of Venice, CA.  Graffiti like this is not an uncommon occurrence in Los Angeles, or any U.S. city. 

Fifty Years On: Vietnam Vets Still Coming into Treatment for the First Time

Shad Meshad | Posted 05.03.2016 | Impact
Shad Meshad

The year 2017 has been designated as the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War. I confess 50 years is hard for me to imagine. I'm sure I'm not the only one who never thought I'd make it out of combat nor through the dark days of our first coming home.

Welcome Back to "the World," Vietnam Vet

R.F. Hemphill | Posted 04.21.2016 | Politics
R.F. Hemphill

The Veterans Administration organized a nationwide function on the March 29 this year. The purpose was to recognize and "welcome home" all Vietnam veterans.

The Warblog: We Were Winning When He Left

Capt. Dale A. Dye, USMC (Ret.) | Posted 03.31.2016 | Books
Capt. Dale A. Dye, USMC (Ret.)

I was emotionally shattered after multiple combat tours when the war that defined me as a person and as a Marine ended in such a humiliating and ignoble fashion. For nearly a decade I stumbled through my life in a sort of daze trying to justify the sacrifices I made and observed in Southeast Asia.

James "Sneaky" White:  How Much Longer

Shad Meshad | Posted 02.02.2016 | Impact
Shad Meshad

I am still thinking about James "Sneaky" White, whom I've known for 37 years.  When I met him at California's Tehachapi State Prison in 1978, he had just started serving his sentence.   I was there running a veterans' group for inmates. 

The Good Samaritan: A Veteran's Dog Tag Returned

Lindley Pless | Posted 01.25.2016 | Good News
Lindley Pless

This is no simple post. It has many moving parts and a few unexpected turns. It takes a while for me to tell it from start to finish, but I can assure...

For The Sender: Love Letters From Vietnam

Dustin DeMoss | Posted 01.04.2016 | Entertainment
Dustin DeMoss

One of the subjects nearest and dearest to my heart is that of my fellow veterans. I've written several articles over the past year that have centered...

40 Years on, the Vietnam War Continues for Victims of Agent Orange

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 12.16.2015 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

Twenty years ago, the United States and Vietnam normalized diplomatic relations in an effort to put the terrible legacy of the war behind them. But for the survivors -- both Vietnamese and American -- the war continues.

Parrots and Veterans Heal One Another at Serenity Park

Dustin DeMoss | Posted 10.13.2015 | Impact
Dustin DeMoss

Did you know that parrots and veterans have a lot in common? Sometimes the goodwill of others can create something truly incredible, and this certainly holds true in the case of the Serenity Park Parrot Sanctuary.

40 Years After End of Vietnam War, Let's Not Forget Who Helped Stop It and the Vietnamese Who Still Suffer

Azadeh Shahshahani | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Azadeh Shahshahani

Today as the U.S. wages simultaneous land and drone wars in several countries, the lessons of the Vietnam War are under attack as never before.

The War Blog: On the 40th Anniversary of the Fall of Saigon

Capt. Dale A. Dye, USMC (Ret.) | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Capt. Dale A. Dye, USMC (Ret.)

Unlike the veterans of earlier wars the brave men and women who went to Vietnam and survived had to endure two wars. There was that bloody one in the jungles and rice paddies and then there was the fight for respect and recognition at home.

Five Lessons From Vietnam

Bennet Kelley | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Bennet Kelley

A decade after the fall of Saigon, President Nixon wrote, "[n]o event in American history is more misunderstood than the Vietnam War." A generation and a half later, this remains true. Yet what lessons should we draw from our nation's first major defeat?

The Wall Times 65: Commemorate That

Mark A. Ashwill | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
Mark A. Ashwill

Here's a simple exercise that will help you comprehend the horrific magnitude of the loss of human and, more specifically, Vietnamese life during that war.

The Continuing Curse of Agent Orange

Azadeh Shahshahani | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
Azadeh Shahshahani

It is time for the U.S. government to take responsibility for the human and environmental disaster that is still being caused by Agent Orange and provide comprehensive assistance to all those suffering from this deadly poison.

72-Year-Old War Veteran Will Graduate From High School Alongside His Granddaughter

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 03.12.2015 | Fifty

In 1961, 17-year-old Jimmie Turpin left the halls of Alvin High School as a junior and later went on to serve his country in Vietnam, before graduatin...

War in the Mailbox

Dennis Welch | Posted 04.12.2015 | Fifty
Dennis Welch

Every month from a distant sky it came -- a reel to reel tape wrapped in plain brown paper and bearing the name of PFC Michael J. Simmons, Vietnam. He was my brother, and it was at once unsettling and comforting to hear his voice. My mother usually cried a little when he would begin to speak.

Burying Vietnam, Launching Perpetual War

Christian Appy | Posted 04.10.2015 | Politics
Christian Appy

Don't think that young students are the only products of a whitewashed history of the Vietnam War. Many older Americans have also been affected by decades of distortion and revision designed to sanitize an impossibly soiled record.

Delisting the Grizzly Bear...or Not

Stacy Bare | Posted 02.14.2015 | Green
Stacy Bare

Doug Peacock is considered by many veterans as the godfather of the modern movement to connect those who have been to war with the physical land they fought for when they come home.

McCain: Obama's Iraq Strategy Reminds Me Of Vietnam

The Huffington Post | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) reflected on his days of service in the Vietnam War in a radio interview on Tuesday, Veterans Day. McCain, a former naval a...

Here's Why Veterans Don't Talk About It

David W. Peters | Posted 01.10.2015 | Impact
David W. Peters

In my conversations with veterans I often hear from their family members that, "He just never talks about it." Stories connect people, and veterans' families and friends want that connection, but veterans still don't talk about it. Why?

'Participant, Southeast Asia War Games, 1961-1975: Second Place.'

Nick Turse | Posted 12.27.2014 | Politics
Nick Turse

The waiter seemed to momentarily straighten up. "Thank you for your service," he solemnly intoned before bounding off to get the beers. One of veterans -- a Marine who had seen his fair share of combat -- commented on how much he hated that phrase.

Still on the Thank-You Tour-of-Duty Circuit, 13 Years Later

Rory Fanning | Posted 12.27.2014 | Politics
Rory Fanning

"Concert For Valor? That sounds like something the North Korean government would organize," I said as I typed into my MacBook Pro looking for more information.

9/11... A Rude Awakening

David Kanegis | Posted 11.11.2014 | Fifty
David Kanegis

Prior to this heinous series of events, the historical question most often asked of Baby Boomers was, "do you remember where you were when President Kennedy was shot?" I don't know a single one of my contemporaries who doesn't.

The Man Behind the Mementos at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Rachel Manteuffel | Posted 08.12.2014 | Media
Rachel Manteuffel

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall is two years older than I am. For as long as I've known there was a Vietnam War, I've known that people leave objects at the Memorial.

Reborn in the USA

Doug Bradley | Posted 08.04.2014 | Impact
Doug Bradley

The love and support of my wife and four year-old daughter notwithstanding, I'm not sure I would have made it through that summer, or that year, had it not been for Born in the USA, the new album from Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.