40 Years After Vietnam, Vet Recalls His Experience

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DES MOINES, Iowa - At the time, World War One was known as “the war to end all wars”. On November 11, 1918, the fighting stopped. On the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month. But, as we now know, that war did not end all wars.

We still observe the anniversary of Armistice Day, now known as Veterans Day. And this year marks the anniversary of the end of another war.
40 years ago, the Vietnam War ended. Nearly 3 million Americans served in Vietnam, representing 10 percent of their generation. 58,000 men died.

Four decades later, the Vietnam War is still a wound the nation as a whole is trying to heal.

“The day a war begins, and the day it ends, are etched in history books,” said Jerry Meek. Meek is a veteran of the United State Air Force. “But it’s the dates in between that stick with a soldier.”


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