<<Great post>><quoted text>...You do a discredit to Vietnam veterans ... look up some facts ... during the Vietnam war over two million served in Vietnam almost eight million served in branches but not in country ... Yes war is a terrible thing and to send 18 year old kids to battle is not a ideal way to grow up ... I served my country and received wounds in the line of duty ... spent two years in a hospital and went thru 32 surgeries as of now due to wounds received "in the line of" the percentage of those who came home and became what you are saying is small compared to the numbers ... when i was able to function again I attend collage and received a BA and went on to get my MSW and then worked as a consoler for the "Vietnam Outreach Center" now called "Veteran Outreach Centers" before you condemn all google famous Vietnam Vets they are in all walks of life and hold high positions in every field of employment Senators,Congressmen Doctors and Lawyers actors and authors we are no different then anyone else and the great majority have done and continue to do wonderful things for this country ... To group us into such a broad category a slap in the face ... To this very day I continue to do work with the "Wounded Warrior Project" helping returning vets who suffer from PTSD and TBI ... Many WW2 and Korean veterans are included some of which served over five years in combat and came home had families and were called "The Greatest Generation" we don't look for any favors we did what we did because we choose to ...Only the Army were drafted all others joined with the exception of the USMC who would recruit from the draftees in times of need only ... Many people suffer from mental illness and drug and alcohol addiction but there is help for them just as there is help for veterans ... Have you reached out to your mother or just blame her next time you speak of veterans try speaking of the good they did and still do like the man said "war is hell" there are many vet centers go tell them of your experience and get involved. The media started all this "crazy vet" there was a time all you seen was Vietnam vets being portrayed as the bad guys from tv to movies it's just not so ... Next time you meet a vet tell him thank you it's because of them you are able to post freely on topix uncensored we protected your rights ...
<<Many people overlook the fack that veterans fought in more conflicts than just Vietnam>>
<<Although I was a Marine flyboy towards the end of Vietnam>>
<<Thank you for your service - this here Marine does appreciate it>>
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