Thursday, June 17, 2010
"Regret to Inform": widows share their sacrifices in the Vietnam war
There aren’t any scenes of military officers approaching homes, but a lot of the heartbreak comes in the form of letters. In one case, an older brother had been drafted so his younger brother wouldn’t be; the older brother thought he would survive, and he didn’t.
The film has a lot of footage of the napalm burning of villages.
The Vietnamese war hung over like a cloud during my own Army Basic in 1968. The Hanoi peace talks started the first day I was on the rifle range (at Fort Jackson).
The IASNetwork has a similar film about widows from Afghanistan and Iraq, “The American Widows Project” from “In their Boots” and the “Brave New Foundation”. There are several interviews on YouTube, such as Tara’s:
Wikipedia attribution link for map of Vietnam