Thanks to UNO and the entire University of Nebraska System for all your help in supporting and organizing the October 27-28 Vietnam War Symposium recognizing the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War.
I initiated this effort with the thought of helping America better understand the war, its causes, consequences and effects that the U.S., Vietnam and Asia are all living with today. The Vietnam War affected every aspect of American society - our politics, military, foreign policy, educational institutions, journalism, arts, music and culture, and attitudes about authority.
World War II changed the world, the Vietnam War changed America. Nebraska is uniquely positioned to host telling this story by some of the individuals who were there at the beginning and participated in the war, and held significant positions in managing and leading the institutional changes that followed.
I appreciate the opportunity to participate in this important effort which can contribute to our country's understanding of this historical time and lessons learned from it.
- Sergeant, U.S. Army (Vietnam 1968)
- U.S. Senator (1997-2009)
- Secretary of Defense (2013-2015)