In Nathalie Huynh Chau Nguyen’s “South Vietnamese Soldiers: Memories of the Vietnam War and After”, it is apparent how sad the Vietnam War was. The personal account Nguyen Huu An depicts how immature and clueless soldiers were. That type of trauma is bound to travel down generations. What is even more traumatic is that there is no acknowledgement from the Vietnamese government of these horrific experiences. Chapter 4 was more of a bittersweet analysis of the war since on the one hand women were able to choose if they wanted to fight in the war despite resistance from their own family, but on the other they experiences severe trauma like any other soldier in the war. This relates to the present day since there doesn't seem to be enough resources for veterans that help them acclimate back into society. There is no way for them to heal and prevent the pain from traveling to the next generation. If we are able to trust and validate the voices of other veterans, why can’t we do the same for specifically female veterans as well? The picture below is of the North Vietnamese female soldiers. I was surprised and interested to see how many women actually participated in the war and thought the picture was an accurate reminder of how female soldiers’ contributions often go unrecognized, especially in the aftermath of war.
Knight, C., & Wnet. 6 Questions About The Vietnam War, Answered. Retrieved from https://www.thirteen.org/blog-post/vietnam-war-questions-answered/.