How did the reception of Vietnam veterans by the American public differ from that of World War I and II veterans?

1 Answer
Aug 5, 2017

Often with little fanfare and occasional ridicule from some of the general public. The uncaring public and government made many veterans feel isolated except with other Vietnam veterans.


Many veterans had problems adjusting to coming home from Vietnam. There was often a lack of a decompression period to help them adjust. Public distrust or disinterest or lack of respect embittered many veterans in contrast to the support the country gave to World War 2 veterans. Drug and/or alcohol addiction in the field often lead to addiction at home.

It was a failure that weighed heavily on the US Armed Forces for many years.