The negative image of those who served in the Southeast Asian conflict is completely false. The record shows the absolute opposite – that they are among the most successful people in our society.
The unfavorable perception of Vietnam veterans was created by the news and entertainment media. Sadly, many believed the negative picture. A few years ago, an opinion poll of Americans, aged 18 to 35, offered two descriptions of these vets. Only 11% chose the one that was favorable. 71% believed they were “psychologically or emotionally troubled people.”
Carefully researched massive statistics by the Veterans Administration and others conclusively show that virtually every generally believed negative image is 100% wrong.