Vietnam Veterans: The Road to Recovery

Vietnam Veterans: The Road to Recovery

Vietnam Veterans: The Road to Recovery

Vietnam Veterans: The Road to Recovery

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War brings about so deep and profound an alteration of its "survivors" that many of them are troubled by a sense of having lived two lives. When soldiers return back home, particularly those who entered the war as teenagers, they have difficulty resolving the contradictions within themselves as well as their sense of identity.

Severe problems with identity are most prevalent within a society whose forces have been defeated. The American Indians were defeated and deprived of their native lands and customs. But almost as significant, they suffered through years of shame, for having lost the lands they had long inhabited. Only recently have they found the self-respect to stand up for their rights as a people.

The South has not forgotten the Civil War. Tourists driving through the South are often struck by the many memorials and other reminders of that war, referred to in some cities in the South as the War of Northern . . .

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