American Citizens learned of the Vietnam War far after it started. When civilians learned of the war and how it was being fought, many protested the war. This was likely due to how the Vietnam War was the first broadcast war, and it was the first time everyday people could watch how war was fought.
During the Vietnam war, Vietnamese troops were severely outnumbered, this caused Vietnam to fight dirty. North Vietnam used gurella warfare, where they would set up ambushes to take out american solders before they got into a fight. Vietnam noticed that american forces would bombard a landing point with artillery before landing and dispatching troops. Vietnamese solders would set up around the landing zone and set their ambushes there.
During the Vietnam war, american citizens were very unsupportive of the war. Many protests and propaganda sprung up against the war. Many citizens believed the war wasn't being fought the right way, and for the wrong reasons. some of those "Wrong reasons" consist of america intervening in a foreign war about independence, and many believing it was an "Unwinnable War"
Most media during the Vietnam war was focused on creating controversy. Many news outlets covered the war, and it was the first war to be publicly broadcast to american civilians. Many believe that news outlets covering mostly negative subjects on the war might have caused america to loose the war, but many experts who studied the subject say that most news sources prior to 1968 were more supportive of the war.
America got involved in the Vietnam war for many reasons. One of which was America trying to assure that developing countries modernize as capitalist and democratic. America also has a vendetta against communism, which North Vietnam was constructing through. America wanted to defend South Vietnam while they developed as a capitalist and democratic, and while the Capitalist North Vietnam was attacking them.
While the husbands and men of the family were at war, the wives and children stayed home. The wives were forced to make enough income to support their families, and the children often helped. Women mainly worked in the factories supporting war efforts, as well as the children. As husbands returned, family's retained psychological effects. PTSD was very common in returning solders, and the family continued to worry about the effects for as long as they would last.
Veterans coming back from Vietnam faced many struggles. In the past, war vets were respected for their efforts, but because the US failed in the Vietnam war, Vets were disrespected and thought of as not living up to their predecessors. Vets also struggled with PTSD and other common wartime diseases on top of the social stigmas.
The main purpose of the Vietnam war for america was to stop the spread of communism. To combat south Vietnam converting to communism, america sent money and all the support they could. The financial cost to the United States comes to something over $150 billion dollars, a huge cost to america and its population.