Combat Veterans

In the past two weeks I have lost three Brothers in Arms from the Viet Nam war. each of us had a common bond we were combat veterans having been in country in Viet Nam living in hyper vigilence for 24/365. We came home wounded and with invisable wounds PTSD. While in country the question that seemed to be asked tacitly was who was next, when it was going to happen and where it was going to happen.
Forty years later the Who, When and where are again prominent in our daily lives. we are a dying breed, we will die well before our life . We came home expectancy. We came home invincible and now we are reminded we are but mere mortals. to my brothers who have passed on Fair winds and following seas. May God be with you and you with God.
Micayla Micayla
61-65, F
3 Responses Aug 13, 2010

You are not the last of a dieing breed. You are the elders of a warring culture. My brothers and i have shared the terror, tedium, and misunderstanding from our time that few others can appreciate. We have tended to our wounded as you have. We have carried our dead as you have. And some day our time will come to pass on as our friends have. Have no fear and harbor no anger over what has come and what will be. Instead, pass on what you know, what you have seen, and his it can help those who'll never know it for themselves. Always remember, you are never alone.

i am a viet nam "era" vet, but was never in country. the only thing that i and the army agreed on, was that i should not be in it.<br />
that said, i understand, and feel your sorrow. no one, who has not walked in your shoes, can ever fully understand what viet nam did to you. what coming home afterwards did to you and your brothers in arms. <br />
i am not religious, but in my own way, i pray for you, and your brothers in arms, to have peace, whether in the here and now, or in the hereafter.<br />
i recently heard of a wonderful, absolutely, truely American Hero. and as i am slightly drunk at this moment i can not remember his name. at any rate he is a retired building contractor, who is a member of a building association.<br />
he heard about a disabled vet, who needed some help. he did not ask for gumint help. he did not ask for a gumint study to see what could be done. he Acted.<br />
he contacted his building associaton buddies, and said Hey! we can help. let's do it!<br />
so now they have built 4 houses, and are in the process of building 5 more houses for disabled vets.<br />
they build $300,000 houses for these vets, for $25,000 to $75,000 each. and then they Give those houses to those vets. and they pay the property taxes on those houses for the first two years for those vets.<br />
check them out. their web site is<br />
please tell everyone you talk to about them. they accept donations, and every cent that they get goes to building another house for another vet. the officers of this organization work for free. every cent they get they use to build another house.<br />
gawd, however you call him, her, it, whatever, has put a lot of rocks in our roads. a lot of pain. but every now and then, we get to see a little glimmer of hope.<br />
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Thank you for your service to our country. I am so sorry for your losses.