Winter Soldiers asks why some of the Americans who served in Vietnam returned home to oppose the war. Growing up in the shadows of World War II, these young men volunteered or were drafted to serve as "citizen soldiers".
But their patriotic fervor was shaken by the brutal realities of this war. Back in the U.S., they joined the antiwar movement and, as soldiers who had actually fought, they could not be dismissed as draft dodgers. The government perceived them as a threat and harassed, infiltrated, and prosecuted them.
Organizational struggles and disputes over tactics caused the VVAW to fragment. With the U.S. withdrawal and the war's end, many members shifted to other pursuits, but others struggled to prevent future Vietnams. Stacewicz seeks to tell their story by interviewing over thirty members of the VVAW and drawing on their archives. The book deals with the internal conflict, self-discovery, alienation, and activism of veterans. The interviews are honest, introspective, and passionate. Winter Soldiers moves beyond the story of one protest group to become a history of the U.S. since World War II. -- Provides a new perspective on the war in Vietnam as well as the antiwar movement in theSstates -- Most readable general interest title on the VVAW