I don't know but it's been said,
Vietnam vets were treated bad.
(Okay, this would have more impact if a drill sergeant were yelling at you while you were running, but you get the idea)
Many people have heard the story about the Vietnam vet who came home and instead of a hero's welcome got spat upon and called a "baby killer", but have you heard about the thousands of GI’s who refused to go out on any more combat missions because they believed the war was wrong? “Sir, may we have an explanation of why we’re fighting, sir?”
This documentary looks into the stories of dozens of the enlisted men and women who took a stand as part of the "GI revolution", many of whom were court-martialed and spent years in the stockade for their insubordination. They met in coffeehouses, went to anti-war demonstrations, held sit-down protests, and some simply went AWOL. There were incidents of "fragging" officers who ordered men into combat missions they deemed to be suicide runs. Intelligence officers knew the government was lying to the American people; they created underground papers to get out their stories. The veterans talk about why they refused to fight and how it affected their lives and ultimately forced the government to rethink the war. With so many unreliable ground troops refusing to fight, the war shifted to air strikes and eventually even that became a challenge.
It’s not a rosy, inspirational story, but it’s an important one that feels incredibly timely. No one mentions the war in Iraq, but the fact that this film has come out now is a statement.
The filmmaker suggests that after the war the military did a little judicious history-rewriting to cover up this GI movement because it threatened to undermine the strength of our armed forces. Is it a conspiracy? You’ll have to look into it and decide for yourself.