July 24, 2002

APRIL 27, 2001

Voices from Vietnam — The Senator Kerry story is a tough one for Vietnam Era vets to hear. It will certainly ignite old emotions about what they experienced, did or saw. I suspect many are being forced to have conversations and answer questions from friends ands family that they thought they would not answer again. There is also a good lesson here about the casualties of all wars. Innocent people always get hurt in war. It was true in the Persian Gulf War, Korea, and the Civil War.

Find a Vietnam vets group that will help you think through this story. Look up Vietnam Medal of Honor winners for your state or city-by using the site search: http://www.mishalov.com/Citations.html

A Vietnam Vets resource/links page: http://www.vietnamvets.com/links.htm. How do you know if someone you interviewed really served? Check their record: http://www.nara.gov/regional/mpr.html

FTC follow-up finds the music industry still markets explicit songs to kids through magizines, television shows, and such even while movies and video games have toned it down. See the report: http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2001/04/youthviol.htm

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