Vietnam Veterans of America
The VVA Veteran® Online
March/April 2017

In this issue:

NO COMPROMISE, NO HESITATION: THE ENDURING LEGACY OF THE DUSTOFF PROGRAM. Historian Marc Leepson discusses the program, first developed during the Burma Campaign, to extract wounded servicemen from the battlefield via helicopter. The story centers around Maj. Charles Kelly, an army helicopter pilot who pioneered the Dustoff concept in Vietnam. Michael Novosel, a Dustoff pilot who was awarded the Medal of Honor is profiled in the sidebar. [on the cover]

U.S. Army Photo by Ronald Delaurier, NARALESSONS NOT LOST: MEDICAL ADVANCES FROM THE VIETNAM WAR. Claudia Gary describes the improved emergency response and trauma-care techniques that were developed during the Vietnam War and are still relevant today.

Photo: Shannon Lake“THE MOST BEAUTIFUL SOUND YOU EVER HEARD” Xande Anderer follows the efforts of the Liberty War Bird Association to restore a Vietnam War-era Huey to flying condition. The goal is to use the helicopter to honor Vietnam veterans and educate the public.

Illustration: Paula Goodman KozANGER, COMPASSION, AND GRIEF. British nurse Anne Watts writes about her experiences working with injured children during the Vietnam War. She tells three stories of wounded children, American servicemen, and the power of their relationships.

Illustration: Xande AndererSELECTIVE SERVICE: FUNNELING THE POOR & WORKING CLASS INTO CONFLICT. Did African Americans die at a higher rate during the Vietnam War than their white counterparts? Were troops better educated than in previous conflicts? Loana Hoylman answers these questions.

“Parting Shot”

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