How Come When Our Soldiers Came Home From Vietnam They Were Treated Like Crap But When Our Soldiers Came Home From Desert Storm They Were Treated Like Kings And Queens?

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Glen Thornbury Profile
Glen Thornbury answered
When I came home in 1967 I was cursed, spit on, and called a baby killer! Until they had a very close talk with this Ranger!
When I attended the University of Florida a lot of the girls wouldn't date me because I didn't have long hair or use drugs!
I can only speak for myself, but those were very strange times, to say the least!However they bought American things in the stores, and you didn't have to lock your car and house all the time!
Also some of us had then and still do now, had very STRONG morals, and when we put stickers on our cars or displayed the American Flag, they were made in America by Americans who had jobs, paid taxes, and the house payment!
The last time I was beat in a fight was in 1967, and it was by a Navy Seal with a rolled up news paper section! (for fun)
So I can handle those Hippies!
It's the other stuff I have trouble With, because!

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nettie Profile
nettie answered
No one knew the real reason for the war and even the president acted indifferent toward nam soldiers, no one really knows the reason for the nam conflict either even presidents won't speak on that,those vets have a hard time getting anything that they should be entitled to for their services, struggle for benefits etc.....does not show america in a positive light....
Jacquelyn Mathis Profile
I hate that, and it isn't a good thing for the vets to be seeing. I have great respect for someone who put his life on the line for our freedom, and for the freedom of others as well!
I remember seeing on the news that one day, when Pres. Clinton welcomed home the Vietnam vets. I cried, because it said the same thing that I was saying all along.
In my eyes, they all deserve the welcome, and our respect. Hope this helps.

Nathan Corrie Profile
Nathan Corrie answered
I suspect it was due to the fact that despite the US involvement, South Vietnam still went communist, while Desert Storm was a success.  I imagine the folks back home found the outcome of the Vietnam conflict so unpalatable, they didn't want to acknowledge that it had happened or the poor guys who went through it, even though it was not their fault.

There's an old saying - 'Triumph has many parents, but defeat is always an orphan.'
Larry Patterson Profile
Larry Patterson answered
Ironically, it was the deaths of military personnel that brought about the protests.  Many, many citizens wanted America's involvement in Viet Nam to stop.  There were over 50,000 military killed in VN, more than 10 times the number lost in Iraq and Aghan.
Not winning played a part but I don't think anybody held the soldiers responsible for losing the war.  I think the protesters looked for reasons to bring negative attention to the military because the protesters were not getting anywhere with protesting the loss of American lives there.  So they tried some sensationalism such as falsely accusing the military of killing innocent children, etc.
The really big difference I believe, was the fact that there was a draft during VN.  People saw their friends and relatives going to VN because they had no other choice, unless they wanted to be imprisoned or have to leave the country.  Many draftees were killed which probably enraged some people against the military, which they took out on any military personnel they came across.
I was in the military from 1966 to 1970 but I never witnessed any animosity toward me.
Lisa Marie Halsey Muniz Profile
I am not sure honestly how to answer this question.  I wasn't born yet.  I believe that everyone should be treated equal and that everyone should be treated with respect especially our military.  They do a lot for us and keep us safe and risk their lives and die for us.  I can't thank them enough for what they do for us.  We should all thank them even if they don't fight in a war.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
I don't know the answer to that question either but I don't agree with it and don't think it is fair. But than life isn't fair is it?
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
I stand in saying our government system sucks. We shouldn't have even been in vietnam.and as far as the difference, look at our president today
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered

I do not have a good answer to this question even though  I served in both Vietnam and Desert Storm. I served in USN from 67-97. The young sailors who worked for me were flabbergasted to see an older CPO with tears in his eyes at the sight of 20000 plus people welcoming our aircraft carrier home from Desert Storm, The tears were because I remember the cold shoulder we got in 1969 in San Francisco upon our return from Vietnam. I guess everyone loves a winner is the simplistic answer.

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