Seeking Positive Vietnam Veterans' Stories

Susan Cox, a History Professor at City College of San Francisco, is working on what she calls a “Vietnam veteran positive” book. The book, Professor Cox tell us, “debunks the stereotypical image of the Vietnam veteran as the homeless guy on the street, long-haired drug addict or recluse in the mountains, which is so prevalent in our society.”

To do the book, she has starting taking oral histories from Vietnam veterans. These histories, she says,  emphasize the “positive stories of the Vietnam veterans who transcended the scars and wounds of war and managed to hold onto life while being husbands, fathers, grandfathers, raising children, running businesses and maintaining successful jobs and careers.”

The purpose of the book, Professor Cox says, “is to honor the Vietnam veterans and to erase the stereotypical image by sharing positive stories.” That noble objective is something Vietnam Veterans of America has tried do so since it was founded in 1978.

If you would like to help, call 530-637-9120 or send an email to

If you do, please mention that you read about the project on VVA’s Arts of War on the web page.


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