For most veterans of the Vietnam War who returned home alive to the United States, life would never be the same. They had seen the atrocities of war, had lost comrades and friends, and in some cases, had been on the receiving end of jeers, spitting and violence as they returned home. For some, there was great psychological turmoil to reconcile. For others, physical wounds required care and healing. And still others were fortunate to escape the ravages of war's mental, emotional or physical aftermath.

The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) seeks to record the histories of our Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) who served in Vietnam. AANA hopes to share these experiences with our membership, legislators and the general public as a means of enlightening, healing, and reaching back into history so that the many accomplishments and sacrifices of CRNAs, soldiers, brothers, sisters, friends and loved ones, are not forgotten.

AANA recognizes the contributions of the following Voices of Vietnam:

Sep 30, 2003

Facing the Wall

Kenneth Bopp, CRNA, This is his story of facing all that the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall represented to him.

Submission Guidelines

​If you are a CRNA who served in the Vietnam War and would like to submit your experiences for this section, below are some questions to get you thinking. You are not required to answer these questions; you may construct your own narrative based on your personal experiences.

Vietnam Veterans Questionnaire

Manuscripts should be kept to no more than 2,000 words. AANA reserves the right to edit any and all submissions. Photographs may accompany your submission - they should be emailed, in .jpg or .png format, and be no more than 4 MB each.

If you have any questions, please contact Cathy Hodson, Public Relations Manager, at chodson@aana.com. All manuscripts and accompanying photos should be emailed to Cathy.