Vietnam veterans share memories with students

A group of Vietnam War veterans have been sharing their memories with kids at Tappan Zee High School.

A group of Vietnam War veterans have been sharing their memories with kids Tappan Zee High School.

A group of Vietnam War veterans have been sharing their memories with kids Tappan Zee High School. (4/13/16)

ORANGEBURG - A group of Vietnam War veterans have been sharing their memories with kids at Tappan Zee High School.

Over the past 16 years, a chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America has been touring schools in the Hudson Valley, sharing their memories with children who only know about the war from textbooks.

"We're here to talk about our era, the 1960s and the 1970s, and the aftermath," says veteran Howard Golden. "We're here to educate the children."

The veterans are open with the children about the lingering effects of the war, from post-traumatic stress to the chemical defoliant, Agent Orange.

The school's principal, Jennifer Amos, says hearing the veterans' firsthand accounts is important.

"Being able to ask questions and get beyond the textbook and get those real stories, I think that's what makes a lasting impact," she says.

The Vietnam veterans will be at Tappan Zee High School through Thursday.

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