Shad Meshad, President & Founder of the National Veterans Foundation talks about the differences and similarities between the experiences of Vietnam Veterans and today's combat Veterans coming home.
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It was 1987, a little over ten years after the end of the Vietnam War, when Good Morning, Vietnam opened in theatres across America. The actor playing Airman DJ Adrian Cronauer won a Golden Globe Award for “Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture”, an American Comedy Award for “Funniest Actor in a Motion Picture (Leading Role)”, and was nominated for a “Best Actor” Academy Award. That actor was someone very special.
You probably knew him as Maverick or Rockford. He was an icon in film and television. At the National Veterans Foundation we knew him as a supporter who was there for veterans over and over. James Garner served as an honorary board member of the NVF for many years. In 1996 we honored him as our Veteran of the Year. But he wasn’t the kind of man to make a big deal of that. I doubt that there are even a handful of people out there who knew about his support for vets.