Susan Hammond, the daughter of a U.S. Vietnam War veteran, became interested in postwar Southeast Asia after traveling to Vietnam and Cambodia in 1991.
In 1996, after earning her master's in international education from New York University, Hammond returned to Vietnam to study Vietnamese. She became involved in fostering mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, and addressing the long-term impacts of war while working as the deputy director of the Fund for Reconciliation and Development (FRD) from 1996 to 2007. During this time she lived in New York, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos, coordinating programs for FRD.
In 2007, Hammond returned to her home state of Vermont and founded the War Legacies Project. She also stays involved with local issues in her hometown, serving as an elected member of the Town of Rockingham Selectboard.