I’m happy to report that I got a lot of good feedback about my cover story in The Christian Science Monitor’s magazine, which was published last week. I’m currently wading through the many e-mails in my inbox about the article. So if I haven’t responded to your note yet, please accept my apologies! I hope to get back to everyone by next week.
Monitor editor Pat Murphy interviewed me about the article for the Monitor’s website. You can watch that very short interview in the video above.
Lastly, one of the veterans I featured in the piece, Greg Kleven, told me that the article has been partially translated into Vietnamese for the VTC website Go News. For those of you who understand Vietnamese, you can see that translation here.
Photo taken by Sharon Rockhill (Quest Academy)
On Veteran’s Day, I spoke to the middle schoolers at Quest Academy in Palatine, Illinois about my research on veterans and peace. It was great to be back at my alma mater and spend time with the 80 or so students. Despite the snowstorm happening outside, the students were really engaged and had some interesting questions about the work being done in Vietnam, particularly with the remediation of the Da Nang Airport.
I was pleased to find out that the students already knew a little about the Vietnam War, since it’s so rarely taught in schools these days. Young people’s lack of knowledge about the war and its consequences is one of the reasons I decided to write this book. As the philosopher George Santayana wrote, those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. Already, we are seeing the effects of this amnesia. Gallup has found that young people are the only group of Americans today that think fighting in Vietnam was not a mistake. I am hopeful, however, that young people like myself can help teach the past to those to young to have lived it.