The following points summarize the key areas of impact on veterans who participated in the 1989 trip.
Four distinctive aspects of the experience warrant special mention.
1) Reminders of Amerasians in Vietnam
The plight of Amerasian children was brought home poignantly by our encounters, especially in Nha Trang and in Saigon. This also exacerbated memories of the dual-fold problem of how our American government had obstructed or not facilitated the immigration of Amerasian children in Vietnam to the United States, and the lack of responsibility shown by most US servicemen who fathered such children.
2) Reminders of the MIA problem
Our sensitivity to the MIA issue was heightened when we were confronted several times by Vietnamese who approached us in an attempt to sell us US dog tags. On two other occasions, we were furtively approached by Vietnamese people who said that they knew where to find the remains of deceased American military persons. The furtive nature of these contacts and the accompanying demand for monetary reimbursement in return for information, emotional blackmail of a particularly insidious kind, aroused considerable anger in a