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Courting Vietnam Vets in the 2004 Election

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry's military service in Vietnam -- the core element of a strategic effort to define his candidacy --- seems to have found a receptive ear across the country, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News Poll. NPR's Tavis Smiley speaks with Ralph Cooper, a radio operator during the Vietnam War who returned home to start the Veteran's Benefits Clearinghouse, and Charles Nesby, who served as a Navy fighter pilot in the Vietnam War and now works as director of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Minority Veterans.

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