Veneris had served in the South Pacific during World War II said he re-enlisted because he couldn't find anything else to do and hoped Army life would provide security. After he chose to live in China, the Army gave Veneris a dishonorable discharge and refused to provide back pay for his time in prison camp. The Chinese gave him a stipend and moved him to Shandong province, where he was given a job in a state-run pulp factory in Jinan that turned discarded cloth shoes into toilet paper for export to Hong Kong. A favorite of party propagandists, he was involved in the anti-Vietnam War movement in China. After a third marriage, to a botanist, Veneris remarried his second wife in 1989. Veneris has returned to the United States twice, first in 1976 to celebrate the bicentennial and again some time in the late 1990s. He was one of the subjects of a 2005 documentary called They Chose China which was directed by Shui-Bo Wang and produced by the National Film Board of Canada.