In 1981 my father, a career Army man, died of a brain
tumor that he believed was brought on by exposure to
In 1968 I ran out of money & loan options & had to
drop out of college. I decided to join the service.
I passed my physical and had my date to report for
boot camp. Suddenly a loan opportunity came up and
I had a chance to go bact to school. My recruier,
a pool playing buddy, tore up my enlistment papers
( I never asked him) and said " go back to school,
As my frinds who survived came back from Nam they
painted a different picture of what was going on
than we were led to believe. I became convinced
the war was wrong and protested against it.
My buddies who actually SAW COMBAT hated to talk
about it. One thing that truly bothered them
was hating to think that they were in harm's
way for political reasons and NOT to defend
Gradually many, many people came to realize
that it was not a war to defend us.
Now, it's started again. Our guys are being
killed in war that is wrong.
Kerry served in Nam, gets shot 3 times , and is
a traitor to his country.
Bush, in essence a draft dodger, is spinned as a great
I'm sure egg, hi-c and Wally will pick me apart
on this post but RickW, a Nam vet might agree with me.
I told two Vietnam vets what I was going to write
and they said go for it Thanks, Hondo