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Published on Mar 1, 2014
"Welcome Home" is a new series which tells the story of Vietnam Veterans, from all branches of the service, in their own words. It is a thank you -- and a welcome home that is long, long, overdue.
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From August of 1964 -- when the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution gave President Lyndon Baines Johnson license to prosecute the Vietnam War using American blood and treasure -- until April of 1975, when Saigon fell to the North Vietnamese, some 2.7 million Americans served in Southeast Asia. Fifty-eight thousand of them never returned. Those that did return found themselves in a country very different from the one that sent them off to war. Vietnam veterans came home to a nation that did not wholly comprehend where they had been or why, nor what they had seen and done. But, there, "in country", as they say, they found something else: The brotherhood. That was one thing on which they soon learned they could bet their lives: The sacred bond Vietnam Veterans had with each other. It is a bond that never has been, and never will be, broken. So, when they returned home to a nation that was, at best indifferent, and at worst, contemptuous of them, they relied on that bond. Vietnam Veterans adopted the heart-rending custom of greeting each other with a simple, "Welcome Home". It is a custom they practice to this day.