Citizen Soldier: The Story of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War

This video documentary by Chicagoan Denis Mueller includes footage of Vietnam-era demonstrations by the Vietnam Veterans Against the War, many of whose members returned their medals; interviews with members today; military training films; and interviews with gulf war veterans who've become antiwar. Mueller goes beyond the usual demonstration and protest footage, letting us hear substantive reasons for opposing these wars. Though many of the Vietnam vets came to their positions because of personal crises, such as having posttraumatic stress disorder, they place a welcome emphasis on the horrible effects the war had on the Vietnamese, a perspective continued when a gulf war vet speaks of the massive casualties among Iraqis. Skillful intercutting that effectively mixes past and present suggests that vets can never forget the wars they fought in.

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