What impact did the conflict have on people's lives?

Letters home from Vietnam

For the American soldiers in Vietnam, correspondence to and from home was an outlet and a refuge. They wrote their letters in base camps or in the jungle, describing what they saw, what they did, and how they felt. The soldiers wrote to their parents, siblings, friends, and lovers. Some would describe a fire fight almost matter of factly, listing KIAs and WIAs (short for “killed in action” and “wounded in action”) while others recounted treks through the jungle or wrote about their loneliness.

Click here to read one of those letters.