Dear America: Letters Home From Vietnam is a double Emmy and Sundance winning feature length documentary film focusing on real life letters written by deployed American servicemen to their friends and relatives at home during the Vietnam War, some of the authors did not make it back alive. The film made use of archived war footage and news coverage which had not previously been broadcast.
The documentary was inspired by a book of the same name in which the letters featured and many other letters can be read in full. There have been many famous documentaries made about Vietnam, but the film critic Roger Ebert summed up why this particular film was such an important addition to those already produced:
“There have been many great movies made about Vietnam. This is the one that completes the story”.
The book which formed the basis of this film, Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam, consists of over 200 complete letters sent home to America from serving soldiers in Vietnam, some of whom did not get home alive. The latest edition has an introduction from Senator John McCain, who was famously captured by enemy forces in Vietnam. It is available in paperback, hardcover, or kindle edition.