Vietnam Veterans remember combat, anti-war sentiment

Nov 9, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: The Times

This weekend millions of Americans will salute United States military veterans, and for those who served and survived, some memories remain sharp and vivid.

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Nov 17, 2012
 
Yes I do. The government and the American people didn't care one bit about the fighting Americans. No welcome home unless it was family and /or friends. There wasn't any offer of job placement, education, or medical help. All we got was insults and neglect.
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Yes I do. The government and the American people didn't care one bit about the fighting Americans. No welcome home unless it was family and /or friends. There wasn't any offer of job placement, education, or medical help. All we got was insults and neglect.
Sadly, it appears nothing has changed. Veterans are returning home to find a nation in turmoil and cannot 'adjust' to the anxiety and fear this creates. They have no back up except the American people and the American people have let down a LOT of veterans who had pride in what they did, for a flag they thought meant something to them and pride in a nation they thought would back them up after the horrors of war.
Sadly, veterans cannot 'adjust' to the things society has created for the worse. Government politics, corruption, money fears, housing, lack of employment and more.
Sadly, veterans will have to join together to combat the disillusionment they face. It will happen when veterans have had enough and need to survive like any human being should. I look forward when a veteran has to wear his uniform in a public arena to make a point for survival. America 'used' to back our veterans up for the things people without a uniform could not do and soldiers did.
Sadly, veterans will have to fight a war at home to make their point and show Americans that they belong and are something to be proud of. Brothers and sisters, I salute you for a job well done and I thank you for coming home alive. Stay strong!

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Nov 18, 2012
 
The Mad Man wrote:
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Sadly, it appears nothing has changed. Veterans are returning home to find a nation in turmoil and cannot 'adjust' to the anxiety and fear this creates. They have no back up except the American people and the American people have let down a LOT of veterans who had pride in what they did, for a flag they thought meant something to them and pride in a nation they thought would back them up after the horrors of war.
Sadly, veterans cannot 'adjust' to the things society has created for the worse. Government politics, corruption, money fears, housing, lack of employment and more.
Sadly, veterans will have to join together to combat the disillusionment they face. It will happen when veterans have had enough and need to survive like any human being should. I look forward when a veteran has to wear his uniform in a public arena to make a point for survival. America 'used' to back our veterans up for the things people without a uniform could not do and soldiers did.
Sadly, veterans will have to fight a war at home to make their point and show Americans that they belong and are something to be proud of. Brothers and sisters, I salute you for a job well done and I thank you for coming home alive. Stay strong!
I'm a Vietnam veteran andI really appreciate what you have said. When I came back from Vietnam the first time, the government only gave me a "stand-by" ticket to get home to Rochester. They couldn't even give me a regular coach seat to get home. After the war, it took the VA 35 years to finally give me hearing aids, for my hearing loss from the war. Then 5 years after that, they finally started treating my Agent Orange symptons.
Your post was very good and very true, but there are many people on Topix who are ignorant fools and belittle veterans. These people have never even been in the military or have taken any classes on the American military, but they post lies and made up posts all the time. I thank you for your post, and you are welcome for thanking me for my service.

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Nov 18, 2012
 
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However, the 40yr fight the Vietnam guys brought to the VA, has helped us "Sand Soldiers" to an extent they may not realize. Thank you Nam Vets.
Thank you for your post and thank you for saying we helped you out. I didn't have any idea we did, but if you say we did, I will believe you. There are so many ignorant posters on Topix, and they don't have a clue to what they are talking about.
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Nov 19, 2012
 
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I'm a Vietnam veteran andI really appreciate what you have said. When I came back from Vietnam the first time, the government only gave me a "stand-by" ticket to get home to Rochester. They couldn't even give me a regular coach seat to get home. After the war, it took the VA 35 years to finally give me hearing aids, for my hearing loss from the war. Then 5 years after that, they finally started treating my Agent Orange symptons.
Your post was very good and very true, but there are many people on Topix who are ignorant fools and belittle veterans. These people have never even been in the military or have taken any classes on the American military, but they post lies and made up posts all the time. I thank you for your post, and you are welcome for thanking me for my service.
Thank you. Your comments are very well appreciated. Although I did not see any war time battle, I know the fear it can present. When we were off the coast line of Russia, my captain announced we are going to general quarters and this is not a drill. This is the first time my military training kicked into high gear and I did what I was supposed to do but fearful of what would happen. That day has never left my memory although I don't remember much of my other military days, that day I remember!
My ship also saw the destruction of a chopper when it did not hit the deck properly and the men had to bring the body on board. My navy buddy told me about it (I was at another station) in detail. Not something any military soldier wants to remember but that is the price of what we do in the military. There are soldiers out there who have seen far worse than what I have and somehow survived and then come home today and wonder, what happened to this nation and the support for soldiers who are fighting for their country?
I proudly support any man or woman in uniform who has come home. I worked at a VA hospital where I had to hand our flags to the family members for the lives that were taken for what ever the reason and it hits home when you see how many flags are given out each year. I have a collection of flags myself from all the friends I have lost. Our nation should get behind our soldiers when they seen how many flags are given out.
To the soldiers who came home alive, your service is appreciated by your fellow veterans and thank you for a job well done and your dedication to a ungrateful nation. May you stay strong to your true colors and let it be known your brothers and sisters have your back.

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