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August 22nd, 2011
Experiences Of Latino Vietnam Veterans In New Documentary

A new documentary chronicles the experiences of several Latino Vietnam veterans, who made up 20% of the casualties in that war but were only 10% of the U.S. population at the time. The documentary seems to serve as a word of caution as we proceed into a future with more Latino veterans from the current two wars being fought by the U.S. “As Long As I Remember: American Veteranos” was made by Laura Varela, who according to her website:

is a San Antonio-based documentary filmmaker and media artists whose work as a storyteller is shaped by her roots growing up on the US/ Mexico Border in El Paso, Texas.  Her work navigates between ideological, cultural, linguistic and physical borders through the use of film and contemporary art installations.

The documentary itself, according to a synopsis:

 examines the steep personal toll and enduring legacy of the Vietnam War on three artists from south Texas: visual artist Juan Farias, author Michael Rodriguez and actor/poet Eduardo Garza. Through the personal histories and experiences of these Chicano veterans, the film examines the role art plays in the sorting of memories, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), activism and the current conflict in Iraq. AS LONG AS I REMEMBER chronicles their upbringing in the Mexican-American community, their military service in Vietnam, and their lives after the war. Farias, Rodriguez and Garza’s poignant and powerful recollections illuminate the minority experience in the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps at a time when Mexican Americans accounted for approximately 20 percent of U.S. casualties in Vietnam, despite comprising only 10 percent of the country’s population.

Here’s the trailer:

We’ve written before about Latino casualties in Vietnam, whether Latinos are included in documentaries about the war and how other Latino projects are working to include Latino vets in the history of Vietnam.

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[Video By LPBMedia; Photo By Chefranden]

10 thoughts on “Experiences Of Latino Vietnam Veterans In New Documentary

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  2. Thanks so very much for taking the time in making this small clip on our Latino vets. May we see more women in your following videos if you continue with this. May all our precious and courageous military ppl remember they truly are God’s peace-keeping forces here on earth meant to defend our nation.  They should not see themselves as less for it is not murder when another human being comes to attack you simply because they don’t like our nation for the freedom we have and our way of life.  Lord bless them and their families as they all seek His higher help for God is the only one who will heal them broken hearts.  sincerely, gloria

  3. Thanks so very much for taking the time in making this small clip on our Latino vets. May we see more women in your following videos if you continue with this. May all our precious and courageous military ppl remember they truly are God’s peace-keeping forces here on earth meant to defend our nation.  They should not see themselves as less for it is not murder when another human being comes to attack you simply because they don’t like our nation for the freedom we have and our way of life.  Lord bless them and their families as they all seek His higher help for God is the only one who will heal them broken hearts.  sincerely, gloria

  4. My whole batallion went to Germany. I was the only Hispanic, i was Pulled out and put in Fort Sam Houston For a couple of Months, working there and Camp Bullis, until i was sent to Fort Riley Kansas and then to Viet Nam. How do you like the tour?

  5. out of 8 brothers that i had 6 went Marine and were in Nam and one went Navy. My other baby brother was unable to enlist do to health issues..they were convinced into believing the myth of fighting for their country and they would be rewarded, yeah well we know as Latino’s how that turned out..

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