Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Why I'm Watching "The Vietnam War" on PBS (and why your should too!)

My handsome daddy in the late 1960's. Picture taken somewhere in Vietnam. 

By now, I'm sure you have heard of the new PBS documentary series "The Vietnam War". If you haven't, you should Google it now.

Over nine million military-service members served in the Vietnam War. This war touched (and continues to touch) millions of individuals and families who have never physically stepped foot into the country of Vietnam.

My dad served in Vietnam and it's a war that my mother continues to emotionally/psychologically fight to this day. She should get PTSD pay because she was my dad's caregiver, in my opinion. He passed almost 12 years ago due to Liver Cancer and Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma caused by his exposure to Agent Orange from his time in Vietnam. You should read more about Agent Orange and learn more about the large numbers of soldiers who were exposed to the chemical as well as the side effects not only to the vet, but to their children/grandchildren.

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This photo is property and courtesy of PBS. I do not own this photo.

The series currently running on PBS, "The Vietnam War" is life-changing, intriguing, thought-provoking and a thousand other adjectives that could never give it the proper and due description. In my career, I've been lucky to work with veterans, young and old, from all different backgrounds and of all ages.

Without fail, I see my dad's face and his eyes in every vet. Every single one. 

When I look into the faces of these men, there's something haunting and dark behind their eyes. They've seen things that no person should ever have to see. They carry the memories with them for the rest of their lives.

We have this incredible opportunity to gain understanding about the Vietnam War, the troops, the enemy and even the men who declared the war, like never before.. We owe it to ourselves, our ancestors who fought, and future generations who may never fully understand the impact of the conflict (or its affects on our society) to watch, learn and try to comprehend this war.

Please take the time to watch this series even if you can only watch one or two episodes. There are several convenient ways to watch which can be found here.

Numerous trailers are available for the series and I have included one below.  Once you have finished watching the series, or even an episode, I would love to know your thoughts and take-aways. What was your perspective before watching and after?

From our home to yours, 

CEO- The House of Q’s
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