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Vietnam Veterans

From the Lion's Den: An Open Letter (and Invitation) to Vietnam Veterans

Mark A. Ashwill | Posted 06.29.2013 | World
Mark A. Ashwill

What America owes Vietnam it can never repay, though there are many Americans in the U.S. and Vietnam today, including veterans, who are striving mightily and in myriad ways to contribute to the physical and spiritual healing process.

What Telling Our Truths Demands

Leila Levinson | Posted 06.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Leila Levinson

I am doing this so that the public can witness the trauma that follows war. Witness. Because this trauma is as much yours as it is ours. Witness and own it. Witnessing breaks the isolation trauma creates. Witnessing furthers the healing of individuals and of our society.

Life's a Beach: China Beach Series Released

Doug Bradley | Posted 06.15.2013 | TV
Doug Bradley

I'll place my China Beach order on Monday and, within a few days, will begin to wend my way through all 62 episodes. I know there were be moments, probably a lot of them, when I'll be angry at how "wrong" the show is about "my" Vietnam.

Writing Their Way Back Home

Doug Bradley | Posted 06.09.2013 | Impact
Doug Bradley

They wrote haikus about sand and showers and rape. They crafted dialogue replete with four-letter words, gallows humor and lingering questions. "They" are the 30 courageous war veterans who attended a workshop in Iowa City April 5-7 entitled Writing My Way Back Home.

Taking It to the Streets: The VA Catches Up

Shad Meshad | Posted 06.04.2013 | Impact
Shad Meshad

Southern California, 1971: I had just returned from Vietnam where I served as a psychiatric social worker, and I was finding vets like me living on the street, under bridges, or in temporary communities of hooches in vacant lots or remote beaches and canyons.

The Amazing Race Mistake and the Jerry Bruckheimer I Know

Kenneth Robinson | Posted 05.26.2013 | TV
Kenneth Robinson

CBS and the producers of The Amazing Race made a horrible mistake in judgment. In the fallout, the personal integrity and patriotism of Jerry Bruckheimer have been impugned.

Amazing Race Apology Not Good Enough for Fox News

Kerry Patton | Posted 05.25.2013 | Entertainment
Kerry Patton

The Amazing Race team delivered an apology. For some, that apology may not be perceived as the perfect apology. But it was an apology and we should not be the ones who judge rather we should allow that "judgment" be made by our savior.

Katy Hall

What Our Kids Will Be Paying For Decades

HuffingtonPost.com | Katy Hall | Posted 03.19.2013 | Politics

The Iraq war has cost the United States $1.7 trillion — in addition to catastrophic human, social and political losses — and that number could cli...

Who Did You Rape in the War, Daddy?

Nick Turse | Posted 05.19.2013 | World
Nick Turse

The Vietnam War killed more than 58,000 Americans. That's a lot of people and a lot of heartache. It deserves attention. But it killed several million Vietnamese and severely affected -- and I mean severely -- the lives of many millions more. That deserves a whole lot more focus.

The Effects and the Reality of the Vietnam War as a "2nd Generation Legacy"

Suzanne Edwards | Posted 05.11.2013 | Impact
Suzanne Edwards

A great number of veterans and their families will forever be captured in this black hole as its force can be too great to escape. Perhaps this is the enduring legacy of the Vietnam War.

Who'll Stop the Rain?

Doug Bradley | Posted 04.24.2013 | Books
Doug Bradley

It was a "dark and stormy might," so who'd come out to hear us talk about war and pain and survival and guilt?

Kerry and Hagel, Vietnam and Iraq

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 04.21.2013 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Kerry and Hagel (like Colin Powell) missed their historical moment. Had they opposed Bush's war they might have made a difference. Now perhaps they can use their cabinet posts to implement a policy or two of atonement.

Violence Begets Violence

Paula Gordon | Posted 03.29.2013 | Politics
Paula Gordon

Thirty years of gun-slinging mass murder American style had almost pushed me into mute hopelessness. But feelings of despair offer no answers, so I went looking for antidotes. I had found two, before the horrific gates of gun violence hell touched my own family.

The Legacy of Otis Redding's "Dock of the Bay"

Doug Bradley | Posted 03.11.2013 | Black Voices
Doug Bradley

Forty five years ago this week, a record was released that would become the first posthumous number-one single in American recording history. I'm speaking of course of Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay."

Scott Camil: Internationally Known Winter Soldier Finds Peace With War Buddies

Steve Karras | Posted 02.02.2013 | Politics
Steve Karras

In a sense, Camil has always been "under fire." He has repeatedly endured the painful rejection of former comrades and been called a traitor by ex-active duty marines.

PHOTOS: Asia's Intrigue, Adventure And Great Food

Laura Lippstone | Posted 01.24.2013 | Travel
Laura Lippstone

Who hasn't fantasized about the Orient-Express? I want to ditch the hoodie, my overbearing dachshund and job for some adventure on the rails.

Vietnam Remembrance

Diana Nyad | Posted 01.16.2013 | Impact
Diana Nyad

We are living the year of the 50th Anniversary of the beginning of the Vietnam War. And this week, we find ourselves at the 30th Anniversary of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Romney AWOL: Not Fit to Serve as Commander in Chief

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 01.01.2013 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

Mitt Romney wants to increase our military budget by $2 trillion per year even though our generals think we don't need it. But when he got the chance to serve his country, Romney quickly applied for and was granted four draft deferments.

Going on Mormon Mission Does Not Equal Military Service

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 12.23.2012 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

For Ann Romney to suggest that a two year stint for the church in peacetime Paris is in any way equivalent to serving in Vietnam is an insult to all those brave men and women who did.

Republican Senator, Vietnam Veteran Endorses President Obama

Larry Pressler | Posted 12.08.2012 | Politics
Larry Pressler

As a life-long Republican, I stand by him as he stands by all of us, putting national allegiance ahead of party affiliation. I endorse President Obama for reelection in 2012.

52 Reasons to Vote for Obama: #15, Improving Veterans' Lives

Bernard Whitman | Posted 11.27.2012 | Politics
Bernard Whitman

President Obama is committed to protecting our veterans at home, just as they have protected us abroad. He has enacted a comprehensive and far-reaching package of reforms to protect military families and ensure they get the treatment, support and honor they deserve.

WATCH: Seeking Forgiveness And Healing In Vietnam

Stephen Olsson | Posted 07.17.2012 | Religion

As I entered the busy hotel lobby in Ho Chi Minh City, I had a strange feeling that I was looking for a group of people I had never met, but somehow,...

The Wall Between Us

Doug Bradley | Posted 08.27.2012 | Home
Doug Bradley

Stephen H. Warner was killed in an ambush near the Laotian border on February 14, 1971. He didn't have to be there. He wasn't supposed to be killed.

Where Were You in '65?

Doug Bradley | Posted 08.06.2012 | Fifty
Doug Bradley

Being in my 60s and of the 1960s can be bewildering. I find that I'm alternately in both eras -- 2012 and 1965 -- at the same time.

The Big Memorial Day Joke

Pat LaMarche | Posted 07.30.2012 | Impact
Pat LaMarche

A Vietnam veteran sits down next to an Iraq veteran and asks him, "How long have you been living in this homeless shelter?" The Iraq veteran responds, "Ever since Memorial Day." And they laugh. Really, why shouldn't they? The joke is, after all, on them.