“You know why people didn’t ask our returning soldiers about their experiences in Vietnam? Because people didn’t care. They didn’t understand what these young boys had been through; they will never understand. And because they didn’t understand, they didn’t care. And 50 years later, I’ve still got a chip on my shoulder about the way our soldiers were treated at home.
“And people still don’t understand. How many of those men who went to Vietnam now have diabetes or heart conditions or other problems because of what they were exposed to? How many have Parkinson’s? How many still struggle with the aftermath of their time in service to our country? Any discussion of Vietnam needs to include a discussion on Agent Orange.”