Expert: Reasons Why Current Troops' Return Held in Higher Regard

As the last troops leave Iraq and Afghanistan, Vietnam veterans are among those leading the charge to see that they receive a welcome homecoming.

Pitch

As the last troops leave Iraq and Afghanistan, Vietnam veterans are among those leading the charge to see that they receive a welcome homecoming.

 

Expert

Steve Maxner, director, Vietnam Center and Archive, (806) 773-8105 or steve.maxner@ttu.edu.

 

Talking Points

  • Compare and contrast how troops returning from Iraq or Afghanistan are treated, as opposed to Vietnam
  • Veterans aim to prevent history from repeating itself
  • Role 9/11 played in troop support

 

Quotes

  • “There is a huge difference, whether coming home from Iraq or Afghanistan, how they are treated and how they are welcomed home.”
  • “Vietnam veterans are among the largest activist groups, through websites, email, and care package campaigns, etc. They are trying to prevent the same mistakes. Don’t treat them the way you treated us.’”
  • “Following September 11, they started coming together making public pronouncements, ‘whether or not you agree with policy like going to Iraq or Afghanistan, don’t take it out on our soldiers.’”
  • “Because of 9/11, it brought home the fact that there are people in parts of the world who want to kill us. So we need to be grateful for the men and women who serve to protect us.”