Causes & Effects of the Vietnam War: Assignment 2 - Treatment of Veterans & Vietnam Syndrome

Instructor: Karen Schweitzer
If you have a Study.com College Accelerator membership and are seeking college credit for this course, you must submit an essay and pass the proctored final exam. You must submit your essay before registering for the final. Below you will find prompts and instructions for submitting your essay.

About this Assignment

The United States' involvement in the Vietnam War drastically changed the public's opinion on the effect war has on soldiers. It has also affected the nation's policy toward war and is still used as an example against involvement in foreign wars today. With this in mind, please write a 2000 to 3000-word essay based on one of the two prompts below.

Prompts

  1. Compare and contrast the treatment of Vietnam War veterans with World War II veterans in the U.S. How did the government treat both types of veterans? What type of assistance was offered to them when they returned? How did the public respond to them? Why do you think there was such a difference in how the Vietnam veterans were treated, and how has this informed how veterans of more recent conflicts have been regarded?
  2. Vietnam Syndrome had a major effect on U.S. foreign policy throughout the 1970s and 1980s, but, following the Gulf War in the 1990s, President George H.W. Bush is quoted as saying, 'By God, we've kicked the Vietnam Syndrome once and for all.' Argue whether or not you agree with his statement. Do you believe the Gulf War marked the end of Vietnam Syndrome and its effect on U.S. foreign policy, or can you still see lingering effects in present-day policies and actions?

Formatting & Sources

Please write your paper in the APA format. As part of your research, you may refer to the course material for supporting evidence, but you must also use at least five credible, outside sources and cite them using APA format as well. Please include a mix of both primary and secondary sources, with at least one source from a scholarly peer-reviewed journal. If you use any Study.com lessons as sources, please also cite them in APA (including the lesson title and instructor's name).

  • Primary sources are first-hand accounts such as interviews, advertisements, speeches, company documents, statements, and press releases published by the company in question.
  • Secondary sources come from peer-reviewed scholarly journals, such as the Journal of Management. You may use like JSTOR, Google Scholar, and Social Science Research Network to find articles from these journals. Secondary sources may also come from reputable websites with .gov, .edu, or .org in the domain. (Wikipedia is not a reputable source, though the sources listed in Wikipedia articles may be acceptable.)

If you're unsure about how to use APA format for your paper and sources, please see the following lessons:

Grading Rubric

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