Military and Conservative Perspectives
In Nathalie Huynh Chau Nguyen's South Vietnamese Soldiers: Memories of the Vietnam War and After, she emphasizes the ways in which war can not only impact someone's life physically, but also on the basis of friendship. She notes that the bonds created throughout the military are friendships that are "tempered as they are by the awareness of loss or impending loss, they can leave a lasting impact" (110). Soldiers often need a companion in war to empathize and suffer with. Nguyen says, "One of the saddest aspects of war is the continual forming of real friendships which last for a week or two, or even months, and are then suddenly shattered forever by death or division" (110). This chapter also heavily discusses the value of sacrifice that many soldiers internalized from the war. What are the repercussions of having this noble characteristic and how might it affect soldiers in the future?