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3/3/11 8:29 A

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I am teary eyed reading this... I can't imagine how awful it was to be mistreated like that. I KNOW that one of the very reasons I was treated so well as a soldier was because of the unfair treatment people like you received. I wish it could be erased but it can't. I hope you find comfort in knowing how much soldiers are respected and appreciated now. Do you know now, when soldiers come home for R&R their are crowds of people clapping and cheering in the airports and that the airport service announces the soldiers and everyone stops, and cheers.. it is wonderful and a bit embarrassing but SOOO Wonderful.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.

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2/17/11 8:52 A

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Thank you for your service!!!!!!!!!!

I do not think you see all that Vietnam vets have done in getting benifits. Some were safer over there than in USA, some fought the system for benifits for all.

All of what you said & more is why I am active with American Legion & VFW, also in DAV!


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2/15/11 7:12 A

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I think a lesson was learned in regards to the treatment of Vietnam vets and the problems that emerged based upon the way the guys now are focused on.

so what I guess I'm saying is this: Even now, the Vietnam vet continues to be sort of overlooked, but that's OK, we're used to it and personally, I'm OK with it as long as it helps people realize the sacrifice made by these guys today.

"A VETERAN IS SOMEONE WHO, AT SOME POINT IN THEIR LIFE, SIGNED A BLANK CHECK, MADE PAYABLE TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, FOR ANY AMOUNT, UP TO AND INCLUDING MY LIFE."

THAT LADIES AND GENTLMEN, IS COURAGE AND HONOR.

WE NEED TO REMEMBER THIS EVEN WHEN EVERYONE ELSE FORGETS

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Thank you for your service. And you are correct, no one should ever need to be warned about appearing in uniform in their very own nation.

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You are absolutely right!

It is also very sad the fact that more people die in the streets of Puerto Rico every day than in any war going on in any part of the World! Drug related deaths are out of control. People lack discipline and focus. I guess it is evolution at its worse!

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10/24/10 1:48 P

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Forty years ago today, I boarded a Boeing 707 jetliner at Tan Son Nhut airport in Saigon for the trip back to the US after my tour of duty with the US Army in the Republic of Vietnam. I remember the cheers when the pilot informed us that we had left Vietnamese airspace. After a short refueling stop at Yakota AFB in Japan, we landed (same day, thanks to the International Date Line) at Travis AFB north of San Francisco. We disembarked and went into the terminal to pick up our luggage -- I remember the feelings of both pride in having had the honor and privilege to serve my country and the relief at having come back safely. The personnel in the baggage area as we processed out of the terminal told us that, unless we were going directly to San Francisco International airport to depart for home or our next duty station, we should be dressed in civilian clothes if we were planning to be on the city streets as there had been "incidents". I thought it then ironic (and now recall how sad it was) that I had been safer in the uniform of the United States Army on the streets of Saigon during a war that I might be on the streets of San Francisco.

God bless all of our veterans of my war and all those before an after and may no one ever have to warn them about their safety in the uniform of their country on their home soil

"Liberty and Union, now and forever, one and inseperable"


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