Thrown against the gates of hell, America’s youth are rewired to fight a war that wasn’t expected to be won. In many cases, the returning Vietnam veteran found life difficult because many in the media gave readers the impression that it was the soldiers who make war rather than the government. The fallout of this notion resulted in many soldiers bearing the burden of an unpopular war. They became war casualties rather than respected and appreciated veterans. Whether out of frustration or a lack of mercy, the result remains the same: the shame and guilt of an unpopular war were left with the veterans to helplessly agonize through alone. Hopefully, as a nation, we have begun to practice more mercy and cease shooting our wounded.