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How did they treat soldiers from returning home from the Vietnam war?
They were spit on and called "baby killers" and "war mongers" along with murderers. Some hippies burned the American flag in protest to the war. The hippies often taunted the soldiers and blamed them for the war by saying if it wasn't for them fighting, the war could have been avoided.
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Treatment of Returning VeteransWW2 veterans were respected by the public, Vietnam veterans and were looked down upon by the public, mostly because the media was where it shoul…dn't have been. Untill several years latter of course, now the veterans of Vietnam are respected as well WW2 Veterans were greated with parades. Vietnam Veterans as well as Vietnam Era Veterans were spat at and called 'baby killers'.
The returning soldiers were generally respected and loved. During World War II, the jobs of the men at war where taken by women, and there were less people. When they retur…ned, there was housing shortages and the soldiers didn't not know what to do. The solution to this was the GI Bill. The GI Bill funded education and housing for all people returning from the war including minorities and women. This stimulated the economy because young men where learning, buying and starting families (and people had to build the houses; it offered more jobs). African Americans who had fought in for the US came home to be treated unequal. They were typically denied the right to vote. They had separate facilities than whites that had insufficient resources and quality which resulted in poor education for African Americans. They were forced to sit on the back of the bus. The civil rights movement began in the 1950's when Rosa Parks refused to sit in the back of the bus.
Finding a job was difficult. Most employers didn't trust Viet Vets. They believed what they heard from rumors/news media, etc. The average US citizen believed the same i…nformation. Rejection from friends (who considered returning GI's to be "not smart" for going-even if he was drafted), family members who sometimes thought along those same lines, and people in general simply believed that if a man went to Vietnam, drafted or volunteered, he was supporting the war. In essence, he was blamed for the war, then blamed for the losing the war. When in reality, he was forced to go, facing prison if he didn't go to war (approximately 4,000 US males were imprisoned for draft evasion).
Politically-induced bad publicity.
Harry Houdini saved money and donated it to help the wounded soldiers after world war I
Not being hired, or being fired, being dropped by their girlfriend, divorced from their wives, not spoken to by friends and/or relatives, called names...or a fist fight …or two.
They returned to the US in 1973 when US involvement in Vietnam officially ended as part of a peace treaty.
The first Persian Gulf war, was the Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988), in which nearly 40 US Sailors were killed when an Iraqi jet fired a missile at the US Navy frigate USS Stark. So…metime later, the USN warship, USS Vincennes shot down (accidently) an Iranian airliner with a surface to air missile. US Servicemen returning home from this duty received satisfactory home comings. US Service personnel returning home from Operation Desert Storm (Jan/Feb 1991-a 45 day campaign) received a home-coming not seen in the United States since WW2; Parades, Television coverage, Presidential speeches ("...We have beat the Vietnam Syndrome!" President Bush Senior). US Service personnel returning home from Operations Iraqi Freedom (Iraq) and Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) are receiving positive treatment upon their return; according to TV newscoverage, mostly at airports.
See: Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988)
All US personnel were home by 30 April 1975.
Like an enemy.
the soldiers that returned from the Vietnam war were treated with disrespect and people did not like what they had done. The people could see what they did over television bec…ause the war was being broadcasted.
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The war had divided the nation; additionally, the war was looked upon by many as a lost cause. Consequently, the returning American GI's were looked upon as losers; losers of… a war, and fighting for a lost cause.
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Like an enemy.
Vietnam soldiers were treated quite differently than soldiers returning from previous wars. This is because the Vietnam war itself caused great controversy in the US over whet…her we should be involved or not an many opposed it. When the soldiers returned home they were not greeted with fanfare and excitement. They were greeted with cold shoulders and no respect. Part of this is also due to the media that made the soldiers appear to be killers that destroyed entire civillian villages, which was not true. Many people even hated the soldiers that returned although there was rarely violence involved.
They were treated like criminals. I was a a Vet of Viet Nam and can remember being cursed by people driving by in cars, throwing things at me and yelling murderer. We were ord…ered to do what we did thinking that it was in the best interest of the country. We hated it as much as the next person but were ordered under law to fight.