posted on Jul, 6 2007 @ 05:29 PM
I am fairly new to ATS, and have been searching for interesting topics which are without negative agenda, and I think that perhaps this is the one. I
believe in your unselfish goal, and feel that the motivation is genuine, and has been needed on a larger scale than we have provided for many years.
I don’t mean large facilities, I mean lots of citizens doing there part in ever city, town and village across this wonderful nation of ours. I
would love to see more people do as you are doing for our Vets, in their home towns, and not have to go to big cities where they know no one and have
to try to survive.
I have a long lineage on military men in my family, as well as my ex-husband and his forefathers before him. I have seen them come home, and the
changes in them after experiencing combat. I have heard the stories, and I have cried with them when the memories are too difficult. I really
thought that all families were supportive of their heroes coming home from combat. But I realize now in my later years, that all of them didn’t
have families waiting for their return to love and nurture them back into society.
We are now expressing all this love and support for the troops. But where was that compassion when our fathers, husbands, sons, brothers and
neighbors returned from Viet Nam? My ex-husband was in Viet Nam during the Tet of 1968. He came home really messed up emotionally. Even though he
had a loving wife and family here to support him, we couldn’t fix all the ills he sustained. And to add insult to injury, he was spat on upon his
arrival home in Oakland, Ca. We all know this story, and many others, even worse.
I spoke to him recently about this very topic. His opinion is that it is good for our young troops coming home now, but it is too little, too late
for our Viet Nam Vets. We owe them more than lip service and a blanket to sleep under as they sleep hidden under the eves of a frozen bridge under
I think that our past must dictate our now and future. I am going to look into what I can do to help these men in my town. I can’t do much,
perhaps cook for them, but you have inspired me to go find out who, where and when I can help. No more simple talk. Now is the time for action. Too
much time has gone by.
Thank you for your thread, and for your inspiration. I think that my signature is so appropriate to go along with this thread.
Please keep us posted, and continue to encourage others to follow your lead.
Thanks again, and God bless you and your family, as well as those you help and your volunteers and contributors.