Picks and Pans Review: A Program for Vietnam Veterans...
updated 06/02/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 06/02/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Charles (Hill Street Blues) Haid tells us that more than a half-million Vietnam veterans are still having trouble adjusting to life at home. Then 13 survivors of Vietnam get up before a large audience in Wisconsin to share their terribly moving stories about the war or about the anger and pain they had to control after the war ended for them. One lost his arm. Another, a member of a real A-Team, returned with such rage that he'd tail drivers who didn't use their turn signals just so he could threaten them. A nurse talks about the suffering women she saw in Vietnam. The full title of the show is A Program for Vietnam Veterans...and Everyone Else Who Should Care. For vets, Haid says, the message of the show is that "it's okay to talk about the war now." For the rest of us, the message is that we should remember what war is like: It's nothing like Rambo. At 90 minutes, the program goes on a little long and loses its punch toward the end. Still, I've never seen such emotional impact come from watching a bunch of people stand up and talk.