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The trials and tribulations the soldiers faced at home were far worse than any battle they fought while in Vietnam No one seemed to fully understand what these men had went through They came home looking for love and comfort little did they know that they had not yet experienced the worst of the war A numerous amount of people were for the war but the reality was many were against it During 1967 public support for the war dropped sharply By October approval of Johnsons handling of the war dropped to 28 A number of major metropolitan newspapers shifted from supporting the war to opposing it Wexler 145 Once the public realized that the war wasnt all glory they regretted the countrys involvement The government wasnt exactly the most reliable source of information during the war They couldnt be counted on when they were needed most The governments handling of aid for veterans seemed to be carelessly handled Veterans were treated poorly and promises were broken frequently The majority of the American population had no clue that the government was hiding information about POWs From September 1973 to March 1974 a series of unrelated witnesses reported the movement of nine POWs between two Laotian prison camps Sauter 189 Similar accounts of American prisoners sightings were hidden from the public Ron Kovic was not a prisoner of war Instead he was sent home after being wounded His return home was originally fine everything he thought it would be Yet he did not receive the welcome he had hoped for Many resented him He received blank stares and vicious glares even his own brother was against the war His family was baffled by the pessimistic view towards life that he had picked up along the way In Born on the Fourth of July Ron Kovic often mentioned that the veterans hospitals were torture chambers It is easy
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