History 303: Research and Writing Seminar in History
Vietnam Veterans at Cal Poly offered an interesting and important voice to the overall discussion of the war on campus. Student veterans participated in the same debates on the war and offered their opinions. They spoke skeptically about the war and participated in campus protests alongside civilian students. Unfortunately, life as a student veteran at Cal Poly was difficult. The benefits they received through the G.I. Bill were difficult to acquire and had many limitations. Likewise, Cal Poly administration made it difficult for veterans to receive the support they needed. Because of this, they formed their own groups to create a supportive environment on campus. This paper will examine the lives of Vietnam veterans at Cal Poly and how their story fits into the greater narrative of the Vietnam war period at Cal Poly.