An idea whose time has come: the VVLF
I've learned through Brainster that there's a newly-formed organization called the Vietnam Veterans Legacy Foundation. Their website is a bit sparse as yet, but this looks as though it could be a fascinating project.
A group of Vietnam Veterans, some of whom were members of the Swift Vets, have joined together and declare the following to be their mission:
to tell the American people the truth about what really happened in Vietnam. Our goal is to continue the work of countering more than three decades of misinformation and propaganda, and to set the record straight.
They envision using a multimedia approach:
The VVLF will serve as a national repository of related materials, information and records of the Vietnam War. We will make this information available and encourage people to learn more about the real history of the war and its impact on those who fought it. This material may include accounts from Vietnam Vets, sworn testimony, oral histories, and personal memorabilia. Specific packages of information will be made available to interested teachers, students and educational institutions.
The VVLF will create independent films and documentaries regarding the events and history of the Vietnam War. Exhibits and visual materials will be made available to museums, libraries and other public places.
They're asking for donations. Sounds like a worthy cause.
One of the interesting ironies is that none of this might have happened had it not been for the candidacy of John Kerry, and his decision to base so much of his campaign on his Vietnam record.
It seems the wheels of history grind slow, but they grind exceedingly fine.