Originally aired on Feb 22, 2023
Meet Erik Villard, the Digital Military Historian at the U.S. Army Center of Military History who created a Google Earth-based map system.
This episode discusses the need to understand the experiences of Vietnam veterans and their families, as many of them returned home to an indifferent or hostile reception.
Erik Villard, shares how his personal experiences and conversations with veterans inspired him to help shed light on their stories.
- Villard was inspired to help shed light on the experiences of Vietnam veterans after hearing their stories.
- He wanted to serve Vietnam veterans and their families, who had often been met with indifference or hostility upon their return.
- It is important for people to understand what these veterans went through and to move past negative associations with their service.
- Villard has written books and curated exhibits to help share the stories of Vietnam veterans.
- He believes that these efforts to honor and recognize their service have helped change attitudes towards Vietnam veterans.
- Villard also notes that it is important to continue recognizing and honoring the service of all military personnel, not just those in high-profile conflicts.
- This podcast episode provides a unique perspective on U.S. military history that is not often seen or highlighted.