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Monument to Defeat: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in American Culture and Society

LAWRENCE A. TRITLE

in Cultures of Commemoration: War Memorials, Ancient and Modern

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780197264669
eISBN:
9780191753985
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264669.003.0008
Subject:
History, Cultural History

Monument or memorial? Defeat or withdrawal? The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC pays tribute to more than 58,000 Americans who died fighting an unpopular war. Yet today the ‘Wall’, as it ... More


Vietnam Veterans Memorials and Memories

Robert D. Schulzinger

in A Time for Peace: The Legacy of the Vietnam War

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195365924
eISBN:
9780199851966
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195365924.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

As Vietnam veterans struggled with a variety of physical, psychological, and social wounds, a public movement grew to honor them. The widespread public belief that veterans had been badly mistreated ... More


The Vietnam War as a Christological Crisis

Jonathan H. Ebel

in G.I. Messiahs: Soldiering, War, and American Civil Religion

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780300176704
eISBN:
9780300216356
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300176704.003.0006
Subject:
History, Social History

The American soldier figured prominently in the civil religious crisis of the Vietnam War, both as an interpreter of war and as a symbol of the nation’s moral standing and ethical capacities. This ... More


Failing Our Veterans: The G.I. Bill and the Vietnam Generation

Mark Boulton

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814724873
eISBN:
9780814760420
Item type:
book
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814724873.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Returning Vietnam War veterans had every reason to expect that the government would take care of their readjustment needs in the same way it had done for veterans of both World War II and the Korean ... More


Mr. President (Have Pity on the Fighting Man): Nixon’s Right Turn for America, Wrong Result for the Veterans

Mark Boulton

in Failing Our Veterans: The G.I. Bill and the Vietnam Generation

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814724873
eISBN:
9780814760420
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814724873.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter examines how Vietnam veterans' benefits became the subject of attacks from the conservative Right. World War II veterans came home to an expanding economy that offered numerous ... More


A Peacetime Bill for the Warrior: Shortchanging the Vietnam Vets

Mark Boulton

in Failing Our Veterans: The G.I. Bill and the Vietnam Generation

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814724873
eISBN:
9780814760420
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814724873.003.0004
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter examines some of the consequences of the political wrangling in Washington on the Vietnam veterans' educational opportunities. Soon after the passage of the Veterans' Readjustment ... More


Introduction: A Chance for Learning

Mark Boulton

in Failing Our Veterans: The G.I. Bill and the Vietnam Generation

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814724873
eISBN:
9780814760420
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814724873.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This book explores the contentious political debates over the Vietnam-era G.I. Bills and their impact on Vietnam War veterans' education benefits. It discusses the legislative history behind the ... More


On the Streets and in the Schools: The Veterans Come Home

Mark Boulton

in Failing Our Veterans: The G.I. Bill and the Vietnam Generation

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814724873
eISBN:
9780814760420
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814724873.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter examines the role of Vietnam veterans in the legislative story of the G.I. Bills, with particular emphasis on the difficulties they encountered in organizing as a coherent lobbying ... More


Denouement: Ford’s War on Inflation and Teague’s Last Stand

Mark Boulton

in Failing Our Veterans: The G.I. Bill and the Vietnam Generation

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814724873
eISBN:
9780814760420
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814724873.003.0007
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter focuses on the conclusion of the Vietnam-era G.I. Bill saga, highlighted by the clash between Congress and President Gerald Ford over a proposed increase in Vietnam War veterans' ... More


A Price on Patriotism: The Politics and Unintended Consequences of the 1966 G.I. Bill

Mark Boulton

in Veterans' Policies, Veterans' Politics: New Perspectives on Veterans in the Modern United States

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780813042077
eISBN:
9780813043456
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813042077.003.0011
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter explores the political debates surrounding the passage of the 1966 Cold War G.I. Bill, the first G.I. bill of the Vietnam era. Unlike the earlier World War II and Korean Conflict wartime ... More


Conclusion: “A Chance for Learning” Missed

Mark Boulton

in Failing Our Veterans: The G.I. Bill and the Vietnam Generation

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814724873
eISBN:
9780814760420
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814724873.003.0008
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This book concludes with an assessment of the impact of education benefits on Vietnam War veterans' educational attainment as well as their life earnings. It cites statistics concerning the number of ... More


The Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Adrian Parr

in Deleuze and Memorial Culture: Desire, Singular Memory and the Politics of Trauma

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748627547
eISBN:
9780748652433
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748627547.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter examines the veterans' view on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. It highlights the injustice felt by the Vietnam veterans and explains that they view the memorial as a way ... More


The Vietnam Veterans Memorial: A Symbolic Cemetery on the National Mall

Harriet F. Senie

in Memorials to Shattered Myths: Vietnam to 9/11

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780190248390
eISBN:
9780190248437
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190248390.003.0002
Subject:
History, Cultural History, American History: 20th Century

The site of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (1982), between the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument on the National Mall, defines it as central to U.S. unity and identity, even though the ... More


The American Wars in Vietnam and Iraq at a Memorial, Cemetery, and a Traveling Tribute to Veterans

Christine Sylvester

in Curating and Re-Curating the American Wars in Vietnam and Iraq

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780190840556
eISBN:
9780190840587
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190840556.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, International Relations and Politics, Political Economy

This chapter considers the American wars in Vietnam and Iraq as remembered and curated at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, and its traveling Wall That Heals, plus Section 60 of ... More


The “Good Warriors” and the “Good Refugee”

Yến Lê Espiritu

in Body Counts: The Vietnam War and Militarized Refuge(es)

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780520277700
eISBN:
9780520959002
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520277700.003.0004
Subject:
Sociology, Migration Studies (including Refugee Studies)

This chapter shows how popular narratives of Vietnamese refugees have been deployed to rescue the Vietnam War for Americans. It asserts that studies of Vietnam veterans and Vietnamese refugees are ... More


Dark Mornings to New Beginnings

Shad Meshad

in Combat Social Work: Applying the Lessons of War to the Realities of Human Services

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
April 2020
ISBN:
9780190059439
eISBN:
9780190059460
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190059439.003.0004
Subject:
Social Work, Health and Mental Health, Research and Evaluation

This chapter discusses the experiences of a combat social worker who was wounded in combat and survived to go on to be a trail blazer as a Veteran Affairs (VA) clinical social worker. He describes ... More


Memorials to Shattered Myths: Vietnam to 9/11

Harriet F. Senie

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780190248390
eISBN:
9780190248437
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190248390.001.0001
Subject:
History, Cultural History, American History: 20th Century

Although radically different, the Vietnam War, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Columbine High School shootings, and the attacks of 9/11 all shattered myths of national identity. Vietnam was a war the ... More


Conclusion: An Intimate Monument Hidden from the World’s View

Richard A. Ruth

in In Buddha's Company: Thai Soldiers in the Vietnam War

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824834197
eISBN:
9780824870409
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824834197.003.0008
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter focuses on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, dedicated by Queen Sirikit on October 22, 1990, located within the grounds of the Royal Thai Army's base at Lat Ya, Kanchanaburi. As an official ... More


The Eagle on My Arm: How the Wilderness and Birds of Prey Saved a Veteran's Life

Dava Guerin and Terry Bivens

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780813180021
eISBN:
9780813180038
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813180021.001.0001
Subject:
History, Military History

The Eagle on My Arm details the journey to recovery of Vietnam veteran Patrick Bradley. Enlisting at the age of eighteen, Bradley was mortified by the scenes in the North Vietnam jungles, and found ... More


Introduction

Todd Decker

in Hymns for the Fallen: Combat Movie Music and Sound after Vietnam

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780520282322
eISBN:
9780520966543
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520282322.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

The introduction lays out the structure of Hymns for the Fallen in broad strokes, noting the chronological scope of the study (35 war films made after the close of the Vietnam War), the subgenre ... More


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