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February 5, 1982

Vietnam Veterans

JAMA. 1982;247(5):583. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320300013009

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To the Editor.—  No Vietnam War veteran should be denied the medical or psychiatric help that he deserves or needs as a result of his war experience. However, as a veteran of that war, it seems to me that a number of groups are trying to convince us that there is something peculiar about the Vietnam veteran and the war he fought. The issues of that war, like most others in which this country has been involved, will be debated forever by historians. Every war has had its own circumstances, has been variably unpopular, and has had its deserters and protesters; as bad as any of them was the War of Independence.I would disagree with Dr Walker (1981;246;781) and the idea that Vietnam was unique among wars and that the Vietnam veteran deserves special consideration and sympathy beyond what was given to his fellow countrymen for what was suffered