Unwed Mothers and the Vietnam War

“Hello darkness my old friend, I’ve come to talk with you again.” Raw is the only way I can describe how I felt watching Ken Burn’s PBS documentary on the Vietnam War. What happens when you let the pain in? What happens when you let the truth in? What happens when you don’t? Until now, the only emotional thread left to my memories of the horrors and turbulence of those times was fishing for my “wedding ring” in the back of the dresser drawer in the unwed mothers home. We were told to wear our rings whenever we went into the outside world and tell anyone who might ask that our husband was in Vietnam – as if anyone was fooled. So many of us wore those rings. Of course, I remember watching the

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