Many of the men who fought in Vietnam were just kids. Most were fighting a war they really didn’t understand – one in which millions of Vietnamese and more than 48,000 U.S. servicemen lost their lives. Recently, 12 Ohio Veterans returned to Vietnam, as part of Warriors Journey Home, where they met former North Vietnamese soldiers who welcomed their former enemies with open arms.
The Ohio Veterans were seeking peace, forgiveness, healing and redemption. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, more than 30 percent of Vietnam Veterans in the United States suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). After the trip, these Veterans hope that when the flashbacks from PTSD arise they will remember the recent welcome from the Vietnamese people and the beautiful countryside rather than the atrocities of war.