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Subject: [NYNEWYOR] Veterans Day & Viet Nam Vets on PBS on Thursday
Date: Wed, 9 Nov 2011 06:41:42 -0500 (EST)
"Vietnam War Stories" on PBS
Thursday, 11/10 at 9pm EST
"The night before Veteran's Day, more than 100 Vietnam vets from all
branches of the US. Armed forces share their emotional stories of triumph and loss
on the battlefield."
A war? A military action? What political difference does it make? It
created American veterans average age 22, whereas WWII average age was 26 with
draft numbers like traffic lights lurking overhead. College students
postponed or prevented going. Peer conflict. Protest marches in DC. Conscientious
objectors off to Canada or taking alternative assignments. Sons of the
wealthy acquired 4Fstatus. POW/MIA bracelets. Returnees: drug addicted, or home in
body bags, or MIAs and POWs forever, or homeless, [The largest percentage
of homeless in NYC are VN vets, usually living in streets or floors below the
subways, or Veterans Hospitals.], or unexpressed atrocities resulted in
more suicides first five years post war, alcoholism, divorces, cancer from
Agent Orange. 1975: USA 0, Viet Nam 1. Final results, 50 American lives lost
daily in SE Asia. Viet Nam vets have their own special camaraderie, often
misunderstood, maligned, neglected, and overlooked by Veterans Affairs, and even
by veterans of earlier wars.
What was diagnosed as "shell shock" in WWI, became labeled Post Traumatic
Stress Syndrome after Viet Nam.
Medically today, wives of men exposed to agent orange, are at risk for
specific cancers. Every veteran exposed to shipping, handling, or on-ground
exposure to Agent Orange must update their military records to include where and
they were exposed, and include supportive medical documentation, now!
Welcome Home - Vietnam Veterans Memorial 1982
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial---The Wall, Washington DC (searchable)
Dedicated Novermber 1982
Wife, friend, sister of Vietnam Veterans of America.
WWII Veteran's daughter, niece of 5, 2 died in Europe
WW I grand niece of one, to date
US Civil War great, great granddaughter, of one to date