Every war has two sides. Loss doesn't choose just one. 
 

The 2 Sides Project is a 501c3 organization that connects
sons and daughters who lost fathers on opposite sides of the Vietnam War. 


Our first meetings brought six Americans face-to-face with more than 20 Vietnamese sons and daughters.
The story of what happened, and what we encountered in Vietnam, has been featured in a 2017 documentary film.


Now we want to help other sons and daughters make that important connection. 
There are many from the Vietnam/American War alone: an estimated 20,000 in the U.S. and 70,000 in Vietnam.
As wars continue around the world, more and more children will experience the same loss we did.
When they're ready, and with your support, we'd like to help them connect with the other side, too. 
 

 
Pham Van Hien with Susan Mitchell-Mattera, after the first 2 Sides Project meeting in Hanoi. Susan was sitting next to Mr. Hien and could see the muscles in his jaw tighten as it came his turn to talk. He said he had raised his children in his own home after spending early life in an orphanage.

Pham Van Hien with Susan Mitchell-Mattera, after the first 2 Sides Project meeting in Hanoi. Susan was sitting next to Mr. Hien and could see the muscles in his jaw tighten as it came his turn to talk. He said he had raised his children in his own home after spending early life in an orphanage.

The 2 Sides Project documentary follows the unforgettable journey of six Americans who lost fathers in the Vietnam War as they bridge the cultural, geographical and emotional divide between themselves and Vietnamese sons and daughters whose fathers died fighting for the opposite side. 

The 2 Sides Project documentary follows the unforgettable journey of six Americans who lost fathers in the Vietnam War as they bridge the cultural, geographical and emotional divide between themselves and Vietnamese sons and daughters whose fathers died fighting for the opposite side. 

 
 
Mike Burkett, whose father was killed on February 19, 1971 in Quang Ngai Province, listens to the Vietnamese side.

Mike Burkett, whose father was killed on February 19, 1971 in Quang Ngai Province, listens to the Vietnamese side.

The 2 Sides Project documentary film selected to showcase at the 2017 GI FILM FESTIVAL, San Diego, CA.

The 2 Sides Project documentary film selected
to showcase at the 2017 GI FILM FESTIVAL,
San Diego, CA.

 
The 2 Sides Project was recently featured in The Washington Post. 

The 2 Sides Project was recently featured in The Washington Post. 

 
 

“Our work for peace must begin within the private world of each of us.” 
Dag Hammarskjöld, UN Secretary General 1953-1961