Military

       Vietnam veterans at the dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, 1982 (Veterans for Foreign Wars photo)

With each war come new changes to the military, changes that sometimes reflect broader society. The Vietnam War was fought by a young, largely working class force that dealt with issues that were both perennial to service across different eras, as well as issues that posed new challenges that persist into today. Click on the sections below to learn about how the Vietnam War influenced the makeup of the military, medical advances, and more.

SOCIAL MAKEUP OF FORCES

MEDICAL ADVANCES

ONGOING TOLL ON VETERANS