At 63 years of age, my closest and most trusted friends, are still Vietnam Veterans.
The people in America who love the Vietnam Veteran most are Vietnamese Americans, who have survived the slaughter, the drownings, re-education camps, and attempted murders of their families, after the "Fall of Saigon," on April 30, 1975.
Just go into any Vietnamese style restaurant, and don't be shy, and ask the elderly owners and customers, about surviving Vietnam.
Right now, there are Vietnam Veterans who hate the Iraq war, and some who still support it. This is no different than when 3 million service people came home from Vietnam.
But, that is not the point.
The management of that war, although we didn't lose one major battle to the North Vietnamese, was a disaster. The Marines, Army, Navy, and Air Force, for the most part, fought and erred on the side of democracy, regardless of the political turmoil of the time.
The American in Vietnam fought with dignity...for the most part.
Now, many years later and after the deaths of many Vietnam Veterans, after returning home, still rely on each other.
Many Vietnam Vet's refused to even let anyone know about fighting in Vietnam, upon coming home, because, people thought we were either "feeling sorry for ourselves," or "baby killers," when in fact it was the NVA and VC who participated in the slaughter of locals.
There is a lesson here:
It doesn't matter whether you hate President Bush, or the War in Iraq. Just understand that the American fighting person, facing injury and death, every day,follow the chain of command and civilian authority. DO NOT BLAME THEM for your own political beliefs. This attitude destroyed the personal lives of many Vietnam Veterans.
The worst thing would be for the current military to "throw down their arms" because of the mismanagement of that war.
I hope the US Congress keeps the heat on the Veterans Administration, to make sure our service people are treated with dignity and professionally when coming home.
To All Vietnam Vets:
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