But the war wasn't all tedium: soldiers talk about "R & R's", rare moments of romance, and ways they found to beat the boredom.looks at the “Vietnamization” of the war: turning the battle over to South Vietnam forces.
involvement in Vietnam from the late 50’s and early 60’s, as veterans tell stories of how they slogged through rice paddies, flew the planes and copters, while others cruised up the Mekong Delta in search of an elusive enemy.recounts how American forces reached 500,000 troops by 1968, and how the intense battle of Khe Sanh and the massive attacks of the Tet Offensive eroded the support of the American public.
It examines the real cost of war: the broken bodies and spirits, and the reception that vets received upon returning home to a divided nation. history have so divided the nation as did the Vietnam War.
More than 58,000 made the ultimate sacrifice, and hundreds of thousands more were injured – physically, psychologically, or both – coming back to a nation which spat upon them or called them “baby killers.” It was indeed a painful chapter in American history.
With time comes wisdom, and as the nation’s collective consciousness admits the shameful treatment of service personnel, various initiatives have surfaced to redress the treatment of the Vietnam veteran.
To recognize veterans’ sacrifices, their valor, and the price they paid in and after this conflict, Maryland Public Television will air a three-hour documentary and allow veterans themselves to speak of what they have seen and how they have served.
MPT’s documentary comprises three hours of dramatic television as approximately 100 veterans tell the story of the war in their own words–sometimes heart-breaking but always insightful.
Men and women reflect on their service..stories of life and death, pumping adrenaline, and bittersweet moments..their return home to an often-ungrateful nation..life, 50 years later.
It will make for a powerful and emotional television experience for our viewers, informing them of a tumultuous time in American history while allowing our region's Vietnam veterans a moment to share the feelings they have kept inside for so many years.
The Listening Sessions A three-hour documentary necessarily results from hundreds of hours of interviews, research, and filming.
Throughout 2013-2015, MPT conducted 20 separate listening sessions across the state to give the documentary producers much-needed background information and insights from Maryland and regional area veterans.
No recording devices or cameras were brought to the listening sessions.
The sessions were intended for conversation, comment, and sharing only.
Participants recalled their impressions, shared their experiences, and reflected on this time of their lives, now long past.