Purple Heart veterans honor medal's a...

Purple Heart veterans honor medal's anniversary

There are 19 comments on the Farmington Daily Times story from Aug 8, 2010, titled Purple Heart veterans honor medal's anniversary. In it, Farmington Daily Times reports that:

A small, man-made pond stuffed with trout was where about a dozen war veterans spent the anniversary of the medal they bled to receive.

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Archie Haase

Brazil

#1 Aug 8, 2010
Vietnam veterans are doing the nation a disservice not stepping out of the shadows. Today more then ever they are needed in this nation so unbalanced by partisan politics and the ignorance of what war is.
BS Galore

Albuquerque, NM

#2 Aug 8, 2010
Archie Haase wrote:
Vietnam veterans are doing the nation a disservice not stepping out of the shadows. Today more then ever they are needed in this nation so unbalanced by partisan politics and the ignorance of what war is.
You can take your 'disservice' and shove it you pompous a$$. I'll stay in my shadow.
Just the facts

Albuquerque, NM

#3 Aug 8, 2010
BS Galore wrote:
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You can take your 'disservice' and shove it you pompous ****. I'll stay in my shadow.
Let this hero alone!!!!!
BS Galore

Albuquerque, NM

#4 Aug 8, 2010
Just the facts wrote:
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Let this hero alone!!!!!
Yesiree, anyone can be a 'hero' in his own mind. So where do you fit ?. I got my Purple Durple from RVN, it's in my underwear drawer.
Woman Warrior

Grand Junction, CO

#5 Aug 8, 2010
Archie Haase wrote:
Vietnam veterans are doing the nation a disservice not stepping out of the shadows. Today more then ever they are needed in this nation so unbalanced by partisan politics and the ignorance of what war is.
Are you practicing what you preach or are you one who has not served, sitting on your a$$ passing judgment in an area of which you know nothing? Which is it?
What have you done for Vietnam Veterans that gives you the right to demand even more of them?
Agii

Fort Defiance, AZ

#6 Aug 8, 2010
Semper Fi and OORah! 0311/2533
D-MAN

Mannheim, Germany

#7 Aug 8, 2010
Everybody as a fishing line in the world of life. Some people use fishing nets, boats, special bate or just go to the store and buy the fish!? It don’t matter, we’re always looking for that big catch in life! Whether it’s a job, relationships, happiness or forgiveness. It’s a peace of mind for that one moment. It’s always nice to go back home to a good fishing hole! Nobody will understand until there in the hole! Thank you Mr. Doc Shrum for doing your part with the fishing pond! Take care and god bless!!
Itrucktoo

Las Cruces, NM

#8 Aug 8, 2010
BS Galore wrote:
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You can take your 'disservice' and shove it you pompous ****. I'll stay in my shadow.
amen brother,
Older Vet

Albuquerque, NM

#9 Aug 9, 2010
VN Vets are now the 'older' Vets. Your statement kinda sticks in the craw for some, at least myself. Did you (if you're a VN Vet) ever try to join one of the Vet. groups back in the early 70's. Take for instance the San Juan County VFW. I did, but I was told by the 'older', then WWII and Korean Vets that the VFW was for Vets that 'Won' their wars, not for Losers. Think about your statement about 'disservice' to the Nation quote in your post. It kinda just enforces the 70's mindset regarding VN vets now doesn't it ?.
Archie Haase wrote:
Vietnam veterans are doing the nation a disservice not stepping out of the shadows. Today more then ever they are needed in this nation so unbalanced by partisan politics and the ignorance of what war is.
Archie Haase

Brazil

#10 Apr 11, 2011
BS Galore wrote:
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You can take your 'disservice' and shove it you pompous a$$. I'll stay in my shadow.
Nice comment. In fact stay in your dark room and feel sorry for yourself. Keep up the public image about crazy Vietnam veterans. At least I have a name.
Archie Haase

Brazil

#11 Apr 11, 2011
Woman Warrior wrote:
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Are you practicing what you preach or are you one who has not served, sitting on your a$$ passing judgment in an area of which you know nothing? Which is it?
What have you done for Vietnam Veterans that gives you the right to demand even more of them?
I have paid my dues. I fought the good fight. Both on the battlefield in Vietnam and trying to get a better VA for crazy Vietnam veterans. IO still say Vietnam veterans need to get off their butts and talk other then angry trash.
Archie Haase

Brazil

#12 Apr 11, 2011
My name is Archie Haase. Listen back in the 70's I was fighting the VA to get PTSD recognized. Since then I see few combat veterans coming out of their holes they dug for themselves to change the public image of us! They created the image and living the one the media created for us. Yes us.

“come to Richie,, ”

Since: Nov 10

Location hidden

#13 Apr 11, 2011
Now Now, Anyone who has served this great nation deserves a salute, and so much more.

Vietnam Vets, I honor your service, Men of valor, keep your head high... you are honored...
FMF Corpsman

Grand Junction, CO

#14 Apr 12, 2011
Goooooood morning Vietnam.......

It's been a long time..........

I think my purple heart(s) are in my underware drawer also.

No one really gives a crap anymore.
To FMF Doc

Brazil

#15 Apr 13, 2011
FMF Corpsman wrote:
Goooooood morning Vietnam.......
It's been a long time..........
I think my purple heart(s) are in my underware drawer also.
No one really gives a crap anymore.
Amen Doc. My point was not to insult anyone. Does being pompous mean talking about who I am? Yes, I am pompous. I am a combat veteran. If Vietnam did not do a job on me, my country did, by all the bad press.

My point is this, why do we hide who we are? I have been there done this VA thing a long time. I live in Brazil and even here I have to hide the fact I am a Vietnam veteran because they think all Vietnam veterans are crazy.

As for Purple hearts what the hell use is it. Never did me any good? My son says he wants it. I lost it somewhere not sure where it is.
FMF - HM2 - No Viet Nam

Albuquerque, NM

#16 May 23, 2011
If you must appear in public as a member of the military, why not show your purple heart. I never got to NAM. Lucky until you realize that those who did see action think I am some kind of sissy. Well until you can prove that I wrote my own orders for my last year in the NAVY, I still served proudly.
The Shadow

Durango, CO

#17 May 23, 2011
I too paid "my dues" in Vietnam a long, long time ago.

Now is the time to "bring all our boys home"!

War(s) are someting we don't need.

The Shadow knows.........

“Heroes aren't born”

Since: Apr 08

They are made!

#18 May 23, 2011
Well for what its worth, I think all of our veterans are great, no matter where they fought or didn't fight. It takes a lot of courage to put on those boots and am proud to be an American. My parents talk about the 60's alot and I can understand why vets from that era would not want to come out of the shadows. That's ok too. You did your time and most Americans support your decision to keep that to yourself. Let me honor you here and say Thank you! I know it wasn't easy and you got a bad rap for all of it, but the younger generations are being taught to respect and honor you for simply doing what you had to do. Peace and blessings to you all today!
Archie Haase

Brazil

#19 Jun 21, 2011
Woman Warrior wrote:
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Are you practicing what you preach or are you one who has not served, sitting on your a$$ passing judgment in an area of which you know nothing? Which is it?
What have you done for Vietnam Veterans that gives you the right to demand even more of them?
I think I am practicing what I preach? &#61514; Good question. I think I have. This whole story about veterans burying themselves away from society is not new. This is why Alaska has the highest percentage of combat veterans. It is a good place to hide. Like I said this is not a new problem. The reason the Disabled Veteran Outreach (DVOP) program was started in the late s 70s was to help isolated veterans. I was one of the first people to be hired by the local state job service. This was 1978.
On the same note regarding todays returning veterans. Nothing has changed. A VA psychologist formerly from Missoula Montana Vet center and expert on readjustment problems of returning war veterans said when asked about returning veterans needing help, he said,the response was always give them to the VA. I think he is right. Americans wants the VA to deal with it because they put their yellow ribbon on their tree, or car. Their job is done.
Recently I was at a local VA near a large US Army post. In the mental health clinic there was a young man with metal crutches dragging himself around who had the top of his skull blown off. I am sure not one of his high school peers or their families has a clue what he went through. I know because I spent 8 months in the hospital after being wounded on Vietnams DMZ late 1967. I always said my cast was because of a skiing accident.

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