Few events have been as integral to the history of America as the Vietnam War. Beginning in 1955 and lasting a whopping 20 years, it was America's attempt to stop Soviet and communist expansion into Asia as a whole. The main battlegrounds formed in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia between soldiers from countries like America, South Korea, Australia and Southern Vietnam against the Northern Viet Cong, who were backed by the Soviet Union and countries like China.
The grinding, brutal warfare of the conflict took its toll on everybody involved, with the horrors of things like guerrilla warfare, napalm spraying, the mass murder of civilians, and other atrocities contributing immensely to the ever-expanding condition that was once known as shell-shock, but soon came to be called Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Worst of all, many of the soldiers drafted and sent over by the world's powers were met with a hostile welcome upon returning home, due to the war's immensely divided reception among the public. Many veterans were literally spat on for the role they played in the conflict, and drug abuse and suicide rates among Vietnam vets skyrocketed.
Fortunately, some veterans were able to join clubs and organizations where they could share their experiences, and one in particular has the unlikeliest of stories: it's formed by both former Australian soldiers and former Viet Cong soldiers.