Krogh, Peter F. (Peter Frederic)
Webb, James H.
Examines the public image of Vietnam veterans ten years after the last American combat troops left Vietnam.
Ten years after the last American combat troops left Vietnam, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. opened to honor those who lost their lives in one of the United States' most controversial wars. Yet even a full decade later, the American public remained divided in its view of the war's veterans. Despite the many veterans who had gone on to successful careers in politics and public life, the image of Vietnam veterans as pathologically violent misfits remained persistent, in part due to generalized portrayals in film and media. In an effort to salvage the memory of those who lived, Vietnam veterans began to form advocacy groups with the goal of distinguishing between the morality of the war and the morality of those who fought it. In this episode, host Peter Krogh discusses the post-war experience of the Vietnam veteran with future United States Senator Jim Webb, a Marine Corps commander in Vietnam, and Jesse Brown, a former Marine and later Secretary of Veterans Affairs under President Clinton. The show asks the question, in rejecting the Vietnam War, did the American people also reject the Vietnam veteran?
Veterans -- Services for -- United States -- Finance; Vietnam War, 1961-1975; War memorials -- Social aspects -- United States; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Veterans -- United States; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Social aspects -- United States; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- United States -- Psychological aspects; Veterans -- United States -- Political activity; Veterans -- United States -- Public opinion; Society, Culture and Religion; United States Public Policy and Politics; Vietnam War; Vietnam War Veterans; Veterans Affairs;
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