Soldiers, Veterans, and War in American Life

Expand/Collapse Soldiers, Veterans, and War in American Life

These videos, images, and media-rich lesson plans allow you to bring stories from the battlefront into American history, world history, and health classrooms.

Explore the similarities and differences in veterans’ memories of World War II and Vietnam to uncover how these wars shaped American culture. Analyze artifacts and oral histories that reveal important experiences of a nation during times of conflict. Use recent veterans’ personal stories to engage in a discussion of how the choice to become a soldier and the experience of serving relate to personal values and goals.

Featuring four clips edited for PBS LearningMedia from the PBS series Coming Back with Wes Moore, premiering May 13, 2014 (check local listings). Students can explore these stories to hear firsthand accounts from four veterans who have returned home from war.