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May/June 2020 coverPHOTOGRAPHS OF VIETNAM: Most of our readers remember Vietnam as a place of horror, despair, and squalor. But behind this heavy haze of war lay fragile beauty and hidden tranquility. In this one-of-a-kind issue of The VVA Veteran we spotlight the work of three photographers: Geoffrey Clifford, Mark F. Erickson, and Chuck Forsman; each with a different background; each capturing a different era. And although these are not wartime images, all three photographers remain defined by the war and see the land partially through that lens.
[Introduction by Editor Michael Keating] [On the cover]Photographs of Vietnam

GUERILLA WARS: An Excerpt from “Dad’s Maybe Book.”COMING SOON: Spike Lee’s Vietnam War Film, Da 5 Bloods. Arts Editor Marc Leepson discusses the origins of and inspiration behind the filmmaker’s latest effort, a Vietam War-themed drama which hits Netflix on June 12.

Alabama Chapter 301’s Food DriveWHAT’S WITH BENEFITS? An Interview with VBA Secretary Paul Lawrence. The VA’s benefits chief answers questions about the effect of the coronavirus pandemic on his agency and how it is affecting veterans applying for benefits.

Alabama Chapter 301’s Food DriveIN WAR & PEACE: Bud Alley’s Return to the Ia Drang Valley. A former 7th Cavalry trooper returns to that famed battlefield with The Greatest Generations Foundation and ponders how the intervening years have altered the landscape.

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