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Vietnam Veterans

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 11.10.2014 | 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 10.27.2014 | 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 10.27.2014 | 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.

Who's the British Group with the 'Most' 1960s Hits?

Doug Bradley | Posted 02.16.2014 | Fifty
Doug Bradley

Trick question, kinda. It's The Animals, because their record producer was named Mickie Most! He was responsible for the band's 11 American hits in their first two years of existence

Thanks, But No Thanks

Doug Bradley | Posted 01.26.2014 | Impact
Doug Bradley

Since Thanksgiving is the most American of holidays, it should come as no surprise that the U.S. Army pulled out all the stops to make us homesick G.I.s partake in a quintessential Thanksgiving dinner in Vietnam.

We Bleed Too: Tony Bush, PTSD and the Discharge Status of Vietnam Veterans

K.J. Wetherholt | Posted 11.04.2013 | Politics
K.J. Wetherholt

Despite the U.S. government having traditionally subjugated, marginalized, and even committed genocide against the Lakota, members of the Oglala nation have served in every branch of the service both before and since the Snyder Act (1924) and the Nationality Act of 1940 made Native Americans legal U.S. Citizens.

47 Years Later, These Vietnam War Photos Still Haunts Us

Posted 11.04.2013 | World

In October of 1966, the Vietnam War had already been raging for nearly 11 years. Thousands of troops were still fighting, and in their midst a courage...

Every Picture Tells a Story

Doug Bradley | Posted 11.23.2013 | Books
Doug Bradley

We lost more than our smiles in Vietnam. Vietnam: The Real War reminds us why.

Healing The Hidden Wounds of War: Treating The Combat Veteran With PTSD at Risk For Suicide

Herbert Hendin | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
Herbert Hendin

Veterans with severe guilt over their combat experiences are likely to have punitive nightmares and are at highest risk for suicide. Understanding the subjective, perceptive experience of combat to the veteran is a crucial step to success in treating these veterans.

The Real Sacrifice

Ernie D’Leon | Posted 11.16.2013 | Impact
Ernie D’Leon

These "anything goes, its war" justifications begin to haunt us, though they shouldn't, because in the heat of battle anything does go. But, it bothers us, even though we're warriors, we're also human.

Lend Them Your Ears

Doug Bradley | Posted 11.11.2013 | Arts
Doug Bradley

On the long plane ride back to the USA from my tour of duty in Vietnam in late 1971, I had a hard time sleeping, afraid, I've determined in hindsight, that I'd wake up back in Vietnam! So, I passed the time listening to music and scribbling random thoughts on a piece of paper.

Some Thoughts on Suicide Prevention

Shad Meshad | Posted 11.12.2013 | Impact
Shad Meshad

We've asked these men and women not only to put themselves in harm's way, but to open their most private, vulnerable selves to actions and images that scar. No wonder the transition back is so difficult for many of them. Try to imagine the disconnect.

WATCH: The Secret Suffering Of Veterans Over 50

Posted 09.10.2013 | Fifty

Veterans don't leave all danger behind on the battlefield. Once soldiers return home, many suffer mental anguish through PTSD and other disorders ...