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Originally posted by dazbog
Sorry to hear of your loss, however, after having read all the posts I tend to feel a bit differently.
My heart is pounding and I am furious. I was in VietNam from 68 > 69 and went through the TET offensive at Phan Rang. I hear this a lot lately," Thank you for your service to your Country " "Thank you for protecting our freedoms" WHAT ?! What the hell are they talking about ? Can anyone remember when these things have been threatened ? Not in my life time. And in no way, shape or form, did ANYONE have to die to protect said freedoms ! It is nonsense and warm fuzzy talk for people who don't have a clue about Wars or why they are fought. And Yes I am a disabled COMBAT vet. I am not all that proud of what I participated in, or why I did it. I still don't know why we went to that bloody swamp. MIAs POWs and 50.000 plus DEAD ! For What ? If you ever bump into me don't even think about saying that protecting our freedom crap. No disrespect to anyone.
I still cry sometimes, like now, not sure why.
Originally posted by Bombeni
reply to post by hypervigilant
. I understand the delayed embracing of the returning Vietnam Vets was done amongst the vets themselves, many years later. But was it enough? Or too little too late?
Yes we had to come together and recognize our own, as well as raise the money for a National Monument that memorialised those that were killed. .Jimmy Carter help us more than any other president with the Vietnam Vet Centers and P.T.S.D. treatment programs....... As for it being enough or too little to late....... I wish that it had never was and is ever again an issue to be considered and that warfare is something that only existed in ancient history.
[edit on 29-5-2009 by Bombeni]