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What impact did the Vietnam War have on the American people?

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The Vietnam War had a tremendous impact on the American people. One impact was that many young Americans were drafted and had to go and fight in the conflict in Vietnam. Many of these soldiers either were killed, injured, or experienced lifelong trauma as a result of being in the conflict. Eventually, there were massive protests throughout the country regarding American participation in the Vietnam conflict. Some of these protests turned deadly, such as the one at Kent State University.

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The Vietnam War had lasting impacts on the American people. This war not only impacted individuals, but society and government as well. The effects of the Vietnam War continue to show themselves today. 

The Vietnam war had tremendous impact on individuals. Many soldiers were drafted and forced to leave their families behind. A large number of these soldiers did not return. The Vietnam Was was one of the deadliest American wars of all time. The men who returned from had experienced something horrific and were often physically injured as well as being traumatized. The families of soldiers were also significantly impacted, not only while their soldier was gone, but upon their return as well. Families worked to help rehabilitate these soldiers, whose lives would be forever changed. Other individuals and families were impacted by the efforts ro avoid the draft. Many people chose to leave the country rather than accept their draft orders. This had tremendous impact on these men and their families.

The wars also had a serious effect on American society. The Vietnam War created a rise in protest culture across the country. Many people were unsure about the reasoning and information being put out about the war. Young people especially opposed the war and the draft very openly. The Vietnam Was was the first war to be broadcast on television, this meant that Americans were able to see what was happening in Vietnam. Many people felt that the methods being used in Vietnam were brutal, and being able to see it happening only intensified protests. People also began to loose faith in the government as discrepancies between what politicians were saying and what was actually happening came to light. For example, the US government claimed to have never bombed Cambodia, but it was soon shown that this was not the case. The protest culture that intensified during the Vietnam War continues to show itself today, especially on college campuses and within young people today.

The Vietnam war led to several policy changes as well. The draft system was eliminated after the Vietnam War in exchange for an all volunteer military force. To this day, the draft has not been implemented again. The voting age was also lowered to 18, which is the voting age which holds to this day. People argued that a person who was sent to fight a war for their country should be allowed to vote in their country. Several restrictions relating to how long soldiers could remain in a war zone at a time were also passed after the war ended. These policy changes were implemented in response to the work protestors were doing, and all worked to serve soldiers who had volunteered or been drafted to fight a complicated and often perplexing war. 

It is clear that the Vietnam War had lasting effects on the American People. Though many of the effects were horrible and life changing, policy change and a society that seeks out the truth and fights for what they believe in was also brought to life as a result.