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American Experience -- Vietnam: A Television History
This companion site features a timeline of the Vietnam War, information about key decision makers, personal accounts by Vietnamese and American survivors of the war, information about weapons of war and major campaigns, as well as a glossary of terms. (1997)

Battlefield Vietnam
This site offers an overview of the war, as well as a timeline of events and in-depth explorations of guerrilla tactics and the air war. (1998)

Hitchhiking Vietnam: Letters from the Trail
Filmmaker Karin Muller journeys through contemporary Vietnam to see what has changed decades after the war. (1997)

Frontline -- Give War a Chance: Lessons of Vietnam
Frontline producer Rick Young interviews Major H.R. McMaster, author of Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, The Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies that Led to Vietnam. (1999)

Remembering Vietnam: An Online Newshour Special Report
This special report commemorates the 25th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War with links to Online Newshour articles and interviews about Vietnam. (2000)

Pete Peterson: Assignment Hanoi
This companion site to the film, which chronicles the former POW's return to Vietnam as U.S. Ambassador on a mission of reconciliation, also features tips for filming in Vietnam. (1999)

Frontline World -- Vietnam: Looking for Home
Journalist Nguyen Qui Duc returns to Vietnam looking "for home, for a bit of myself, for a country that always exists in my memory." (2003)

U.S.-Vietnam Relations: An Online Newshour Special Report
This online report features extensive articles and interviews about the state of U.S.-Vietnam relations. (2000)

NPR Stories

All Things Considered: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
NPR's Alix Spiegel traces the creation of the concept of post-traumatic stress disorder, a mental disease which didn't exist 25 years ago, but is now thought to afflict 7.8 percent of American adults. Psychiatrists first noted the disease when Vietnam veterans returning home described intense feelings of pain, anguish, and anger -- but nowhere was there a psychiatric name for their experience. (August 18, 2003)

All Things Considered: Agent Orange
Melissa Block speaks with Gerson Smoger, the lawyer for Joe Isaacson, and Daniel Stephenson, a retired helicopter pilot living in Florida. Both men claim they suffer from cancers related to their exposure to Agent Orange, used in the 1960s and 1970s to clear dense jungle foliage that provided cover for enemy forces during the Vietnam War. The Supreme Court deadlocked Monday over whether it's too late for sick Vietnam veterans to sue chemical companies over Agent Orange exposure. The decision allows veterans to continue lawsuits claiming they were wrongly shut out of a decades' old national settlement. (June 9, 2003)

All Things Considered: Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Robert talks with Jan Scruggs, founder and president of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, about a proposal to build an underground visitors' center and educational center. Scruggs has been leading an effort to get the $10-million, 8,000 square-foot structure approved by Congress for the past three years. Robert also talks with various people visiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall and asks them what they think of the present structure and if a educational center would be an important addition. For more information about the Wall and the proposed (May 26, 2003)

Special Coverage: Vietnam Veterans Share Views of War in Iraq
NPR's Lynn Neary talks to a group of Vietnam veterans about what it takes to prepare for combat and what veterans of the war in Iraq should expect. (March 22, 2003)

Special Coverage: Vietnam Vets Recall 'Their' War
For veterans, images of war that have been playing on television screens the past several days bring back strong memories of their own war. NPR's Lynn Neary talks with several combat veterans about their experiences. In this segment, Neary visits with Thomas Bunting, who served in the Army's 4th Infantry Division in 1966-1967, of Wheaton, Md. (March 22, 2003)

Weekend Edition: Report on Nuclear Weapons in Vietnam War Declassified
The Air Force prepares to give Congress a report on military requirements for a so-called low-yield "robust nuclear earth penetrator." Meanwhile, a 1967 Pentagon report on the possible use of tactical nuclear weapons in the Vietnam War is made public. NPR's Jennifer Ludden reports. (March 9, 2003)