Yes, even the men who have braved the jungles of Vietnam and Wars in the Pacific, Europe and Korea accept willingly a stuffed animal or lap blanket. It is a simple way to say “Somebody cares about you. Somebody appreciates your sacrifice. We are grateful for your service for the USA and mankind.
WHAT A VET SAID TO ME:
He looked like he had it all together. A man about my age. He was a Vietnam Vet. But I guess you can’t judge somebody on the outside about what they are feeling like on the inside. The twists and turns of being exposed to a war zone, at age 18, had deposited emotional shrapnell, still felt 41 years later. How sad.
“I am here at the VA hospital for counseling. I was in Vietnam for 13 months in 1969. The memories never leave you. The memories get stuck in your head. Whenever I hear the “oldies”, I am right back there in a village in Vietnam. I gave up the alcohol about 10 years ago.That’s why I need the VA.”
How quickly we forget what the Vets have not forgotten.
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