A Personal Message on the Vietnam War Documentary

Ken Burns PBS Documentary "Vietnam War"

Ken Burns PBS Documentary "Vietnam War"

Please read this story.*

It's about two brothers who enlisted in the service after 9/11 and "shouldered the greatest burden for the nation’s defense."

While watching "The Vietnam War” by Ken Burns, I started to cry about the number of boys that gave up their lives for the sake of politicians' and military leaders' egos. Over 60,000 American lives were lost and these numbers represent less than 2% of the estimated 3,500,000 lives lost in total.

Let’s give pause for these men and women and become more grateful that we have them among every American generation since our founding.
— Steve Downey

It is such a good review of history and if you would substitute the names of “Afghanistan” or “Iraq” or “Syria” or maybe even “North Korea” in lieu of “Vietnam” most of the story would not have to change very much. 

About the Blogger, Steve Downey

About the Blogger, Steve Downey

When I read this story about these twins, Brothers in Arms: The Tragedy in Small-Town America, it reminded me again of the unintentional consequences of war and the tragic results. 

Let’s give pause for these men and women and become more grateful that we have them among every American generation since our founding.

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