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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.

Vietnam War Veteran's Dying Wish To Visit Pearl Harbor Is Fulfilled

AP | JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER | Posted 03.26.2015 | Good News

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) -- When a Vietnam veteran briefly stopped in Hawaii on his way home from war, he vowed to return one day to honor the people...

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 Concertforvalor.com 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.

For Returning American Soldiers Seeking Health Care, the Real War Begins at Home

Mario Almonte | Posted 07.27.2014 | Politics
Mario Almonte

American soldiers: love 'em and leave 'em? The appalling treatment of American war veterans in Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals nationwide is not the first example of our country's often-tragic indifference to its returning war heroes.

The Memorial Day Writers' Project

Doug Bradley | Posted 07.22.2014 | DC
Doug Bradley

It took me until this Memorial Day to realize there's no place I'd rather be on the day we honor the men and women who died while serving in the U. S....

Dien Bien Fooled

Doug Bradley | Posted 07.07.2014 | Impact
Doug Bradley

There's an incredible scene very early in Peter Davis's award-winning documentary Hearts and Minds (1974) when Georges Bidault, who served as the Fren...

War Echoes Through Time, Generations

Eric Mink | Posted 06.11.2014 | DC
Eric Mink

One particular item -- a large white index card -- catches my eye. It's lying face up in front of one of the Wall's highly polished, black stone panels.

Obama Giving Medal Of Honor To 24 Overlooked Veterans

AP | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics

BY NANCY BENAC, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is moving to right old wrongs by belatedly awarding the Medal of Ho...

Vietnam Veterans Sue Military Over PTSD

AP | JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN | Posted 03.03.2014 | Politics

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. military has failed to upgrade the discharges of Vietnam veterans who developed post-traumatic stress disorder, res...

America's Wailing Wall

Doug Bradley | Posted 04.08.2014 | Impact
Doug Bradley

It's been more than three weeks since Bruce Springsteen's latest album High Hopes debuted at # 1 on the Billboard charts. And on this album, enhanced by the fact that I'm a Vietnam vet, I've come to listen over and over and over to the 11th cut, appropriately entitled "The Wall."

Reliving My Christmas In Vietnam With Bob Hope

Doug Bradley | Posted 02.22.2014 | Fifty
Doug Bradley

It wasn't until I was 23 years old that I spent my first Christmas away from home. I sure as heck didn't expect to share it with Bob Hope, Johnny Bench, Lola Falana, the Gold Diggers, Miss Universe, and 30,000 screaming GIs. But there I was in a war, in Vietnam, a lonely soldier far away from home on America's holiday of holidays.