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Vietnam Has Lasting 'Mark Of War' On Texas Veterans

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Archival footage of Operation Junction City II, in South Vietnam in April 1967, featured in "Mark of War."

The Vietnam War's indelible impression on America's history and consciousness. Vietnam veterans living in Texas share their recollections in a new documentary, "The Mark of War." Director Ricardo Ainslie and Eduardo Garza, a San Antonio-based poet and subject in the film, speak on "The Source." 

It's been over 40 years since the end of the Vietnam War, but many of those who fought in it still live with the psychological and physical effects of their armed combat abroad.

Director Ricardo Ainslie's documentary https://vimeo.com/ondemand/themarkofwar/" target="_blank">"The Mark of War" features the lives of seven Vietnam War service members with Texas roots. The film captures the first time some of these veterans have opened up about their recollections of the war.  

What can be learned from those who lived through one of America's longest foreign conflicts? How do those who experienced the Vietnam War remember and honor the fallen?


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This interview aired on Monday, November 12, 2018.

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