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Vietnam Veterans Against the War

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Vietnam Veterans Against the War is a national veterans' organization founded in 1967 to voice the growing opposition among returning servicemen and women to the war in southeast Asia. Its membership of over 30,000 included those in the United States as well as active duty personnel in Vietnam.

Within a few years the organization became involved in the rights and needs of veterans. In 1970 it started groups to deal with the psychological effects of war, which became the model for current veterans counseling. It helped draft legislation to improve educational benefits and create job programs, and sought amnesty for war resisters as well as veterans with less than honorable discharges.

Senator John Kerry became a member of Vietnam Veterans Against the War in the early 1970s, and was appointed to the VVAW Executive Committee, a position he left in 1972.

The organization continues to work for veterans facing unemployment, discrimination, homelessness, post-traumatic stress disorder and other health problems.

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Further Readings

Barry, Jan. E-mail communication to Gerald Gioglio 3/9/2004

Boyle, Richard. Flower of the Dragon: Breakdown of the U.S. Army in Vietnam. Ramparts Press, 1972.

Curry, G. David. Sunshine Patriots: Punishment and the Vietnam Offender. Notre Dame University Press, 1985.

Hunt, Andrew. The Turning: A History of Vietnam Veterans Against the War. New York University Press, 1999.

Janofsky, Michael. "McCain Fights Old Foe Who Now Fights Kerry." New York Times, February 14, 2004, Section A, p. 15.

Kerry, John and Vietnam Veterans Against the War, The New Soldier. MacMillan, 1971.

Nicosia, Gerald. Home to War: A History of the Vietnam Veterans Movement. Crown, 2001.

Overend, William. "Who Is Al Hubbard?" National Review, June 1, 1971.

Richard Moser. The New Winter Soldiers: GI and Veterans Dissent During the Vietnam Era. Rutgers University Press, 1996.

Savage, Paul, and Richard A. Gabriel. "Cohesion and Disintegration in the American Army: An Alternative Perspective." In Armed Forces and Society, 2, Spring, 1976, 340-376.

Richard Stacewicz. Winter Soldiers: An Oral History Of The Vietnam Veterans Against the War. Twayne Publishers, 1997.

Stolberg, Sheryl Gay. "Conservatives Shine Spotlight on Kerry's Antiwar Record," New York Times, February 13, 2004.

Vietnam Veterans Against the War. The Winter Soldier Investigation; An Inquiry Into American War Crimes. Beacon Press, 1972

Tom Wells. The War Within: America's Battle Over Vietnam. University of California Press, 1994.


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