By 1971, when the Winter Soldier Investigation occurred, I think the nation was honestly very tired of Vietnam. This was after the exposure of My Lai (though prior to the conviction of William Calley), after the Kent State shootings, after the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago, and after numerous protests against the war (and for the war – see the Hard Hat Riots).
I think that, no matter how unpleasant it is for us, we owe it to participants in the WSI and the war in general to listen to such testimonies.
If you’d like to read more about it, and Vietnam Veterans Against the War in general, check out the following:
- Winter Soldier Investigation
- Home to War : A History of the Vietnam Veterans’ Movement by Gerald Nicosia
- The Turning: A History of Vietnam Veterans Against the War by Andrew E. Hunt
- Winter Soldiers: An Oral History of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War by Richard Stacewicz