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Vietnam Veterans

War Echoes Through Time, Generations

Eric Mink | Posted 04.11.2014 | 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 ...

War Crimes

Doug Bradley | Posted 10.08.2013 | Fifty
Doug Bradley

I thought of the names on The Wall, and the ones on lonesome graves in communities across America.

Lynne Peeples

Agent Orange Poisoned Planes And These Veterans' Lives | Lynne Peeples | Posted 07.11.2013 | Green

After a fleet of C-123 airplanes dropped more than 10 million gallons of Agent Orange to destroy enemy cover and crops during the Vietnam War, the mil...

The Mission Rolls On...

K. Lorrel Manning and Michael Cuomo | Posted 08.21.2013 | Arts
K. Lorrel Manning and Michael Cuomo

Happy New Year takes a bold look at the ugly issue of veteran suicide that is affecting so many of our warriors today. When we began this project, the statistic for veteran suicides was 18 per day. As of February of this year, the number has risen to 22 per day. We can no longer ignore it.

Herald Columnist Tells Vietnam Vet He Sucked As A Soldier

Posted 05.28.2013 | Miami

The Miami Herald is sorry. The paper's executive editor Mindy Marques and writer Armando Salguero have both apologized after Salguero accused a V...

Remember the Veterans

Jerry Nelson | Posted 05.28.2013 | Impact
Jerry Nelson

In 2010, I was honored by Vietnam Veterans in North Carolina when they chose me to accompany them to The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C.

Memorial Day and the Vietnam Vet

Laura Lee Carter | Posted 07.25.2013 | Fifty
Laura Lee Carter

Most of us are about to celebrate Memorial Day, a holiday which meant very little to me until I married a Vietnam-era veteran. I am afraid most young people have no way to understand exactly what happened to those in their late teens and twenties during the Vietnam War.

Memorial Daze

Doug Bradley | Posted 07.22.2013 | Fifty
Doug Bradley

Setting out to honor the memory of Steve Warner, our Vietnam unit's lone fallen comrade, on Memorial Day in 1971 proved to be a lot harder than it should have been.

David Wood

VA Chief: Backlog Reform Is Difficult But On Track | David Wood | Posted 05.22.2013 | Politics

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Eric Shinseki triumphed over a severe combat wound in Vietnam, outmaneuvered the crusty Old Guard in the Pentagon and stared down...

The Tao of Cross Country

Michael Sigman | Posted 07.07.2013 | Sports
Michael Sigman

An old farmer's only horse runs away. His neighbors tell him they're sorry he's suffered "such bad luck." "We'll see," the farmer replies. The next da...

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.