Soldiers planting seeds
In this week’s From the Foxhole column, Iraq War veteran Alex Limkin writes of his surprise in learning that older vets are returning to Vietnam to right wrongs: They’re replanting the jungle, disarming bombs, and building houses along the Mekong.
“Soldiers are always trying to make peace with themselves, with their conscience,” Limkin writes. Over the course of the Vietnam War, about 13 percent of the country’s population was killed.
Local filmmakers Moisés González and Deryle Perryman would like to document the efforts of the Vietnam veterans. They’re using Kickstarter to gather the funding. They’ve attained more than $18,000 of their $25,000 goal. If they don’t pull in the full amount over the next four days, they’ll get none of the cash, because that’s how Kickstarter works. Donate here.
“We find ourselves today embroiled in a constant state of war,” González writes on the Kickstarter page. “It's easy to talk about these matters in academic terms, to spout opinions, make political points, but the reality is manifested in young men (and now young women) who carry the war with them for the rest of their lives.”