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Did Vietnam Change the Way We Welcome Veterans Home? - NYTimes.com


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Tim is a good friend and good writer. His most recent NYT post.

In my own interaction with veterans of different eras, I have found Vietnam veterans to always be the most understanding and sympathetic of the issues that younger veterans experience. These feelings are present on the national stage as well. Many of the biggest proponent of veterans’ issues have been Vietnam-era veterans: Eric Shinseki, former Army chief of staff, currently serves as secretary of veterans affairs; Senator Jim Webb of Virginia, a former Marine Corps officer and secretary of the Navy, and a major proponent behind the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill; and Senator John McCain of Arizona, a former Navy pilot who was a prisoner of war in Vietnam.

This Veterans Day, most communities will focus their celebration on the recent veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. But it would be a travesty if there were not a full acknowledgment and appreciation of Vietnam-era veterans. Today’s veterans would face a much more challenging transition to civilian life without their experiences then or their efforts to help new veterans today.

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