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posted 6/19/2011 8:05:40 PM |
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First let me say happy Fathers Day......
I was talking to a war veteran today, and I found out some unfortunate truths.... He told me that when he got back from the war he was an outcast. That no one wanted him around. His friends, his family, even his church turned their backs on him, told him that the war had changed him, and they did not understand why he was not the same person hew was before.....He also told me that not one person told him thank you for risking his life over there....
How unfortunate that we as a people take for granted that we will be protected. That we will wake up tomorrow, and still be the good old U.S.of A.... Most do not stop to think that there are people somewhere else dieing every day. We are willing to help another country when disaster strikes, but not willing to just say THANK YOU to the people that risk their life for us. All of you are hero's.
The man I talked to was a Viet Nam vet......... However..........This is to All veteran's of any war.......THANK YOU! Most people will neveer tell you this, but it is because of you that we can sleep at night. You give up YOUR sleep, YOUR dreams, and all to often YOUR life, to make sure that we get to keep ours......
I want to send out an extra speicial THANK YOU to every Viet Nam vet reading this..... I know what your generation did to you when you came back..... I will never be able to comprehend how much that must have hurt you.....But it is my hope that MY generation can help heal what was done to you with some very simple words that mean so much...... No matter what you did, and how bad it was...Thank you, for everything.... YOU make me proud to be an American.

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Jun 19 @ 8:19PM  
angle, anytime a person is in a combat zone, no matter what the job they do is, it does change you. you don't have to be one of the ones carrying a rifle, even support personnel that never leave the base are in a constant state of alert. it's the only way to survive. just one month of that and no one is ever the same. i am thankful for the men and women that serve us today, and grateful. i've been in their shoes, in a manner of speaking, and done my time in the military. never anything earth shattering, but ask any pilot if they want their aircraft fixed right or just half way fixed so the availability board looks good. i was trying to fix them right.

even the personnel and supply clerks serve much needed functions. and they are in just as much danger as the rest of the bunch. so don't expect a service member to be the same person they were before they left, they won't be. but welcome them back and make them feel wanted.

Jun 19 @ 8:20PM  
Viet Nam was a war that fucked with more heads than any other. All wars have horror, but that one had so much more including a convoluted approach/strategy and governmental lies about it to justify it.

Jun 19 @ 9:01PM  
Though I was quite young when they came home, I remember well the treatment of many 'Nam vets in my little mid western town. Later I would better understand the pain caused the veterans of this "Police Action" as I got to know several much better when I managed a bar for the local VFW of which they could not even join! Later still I married a 'Nam vet. My son's father spent 5 tours there, coming home the last time with 380+ stitches in his leg, side and and back and a permanent disability rating. Within a few short years of marriage I would become a self educated expert on PTSD, nightmares, the Dow Chemical settlement for victims of Agent Orange and dealing with various VA facilities. Observing the poor treatment of these veterans chilled me, shocked me and helped to make me the strong supporter of Veterans that I am today.
On behalf of my great grandfather, father, stepfather, former husband and stepson and my own son (currently serving in the US Army) I thank you for your acknowledgment. Wars change us all, both Veterans and their families who love them and 'serve' right along with them.

Jun 19 @ 9:30PM  

Jun 20 @ 9:51AM  
WOW Stormy!!
5 tours is pretty impressive for VN..
I only did 3 ..

Thank you..You're a good little angel

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