These clips provided by Vietnam War Stories, a 3-part documentary produced by Wisconsin Public Television, the Grand Valley State University Veterans History Project and Videographer Dan Salas
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LZ MICHIGAN: A JOURNEY HOME is a WGVU Production. This documentary features the true stories of local war survivors. Each Veteran takes us back 35+ years to the battle fields and jungles of Southeast Asia. Here they provide a unique emotional perspective discussing the realities of life and death and what it feels like to return home from an "unpopular" war. Feelings still linger to this day.
Rex Greenwalt recalls the day in 1967 when he received orders to serve his country and fight in Vietnam. The Allegan native was 21 years old at the time. He put his marriage proposal and plans to run the family dry cleaning business on hold. Rex served as an Army dog handler and returned home with two Purple Hearts; hobbled physically and scared emotionally with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Greenwalt's story is similar and yet so very different from the first-hand accounts of soldiers who fought at his side.
"These are amazing people. They are the warrior class of a society that has been around ever since the beginning of time. The warriors are the strongest and best. They always have been they always will be," explains Naval Corpsman and Vietnam Veteran, Jim Vanden Bosch. "The unfortunate thing is, to some degree, our general population doesn't recognize that. And that was part of the mess that was Vietnam. That's why a lot of these guys are still angry. They're still hurting. They have pain everyday. They need to be recognized for who they are, and what they are, and what they did."
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