re: #59 William Barnett-Lewis
Great Poem !
During Vietnam the civilian in Sea Isle City, NJ poured beer on my shorthaired head while I stood helplessly at the urinal.
The Fathers of daughters my age bought me beers and took me in and introduced me to them.
I served faithfully for years and years and shined by my efforts and the faith in my country was strengthened.
Later, as a naval tactician I learned how easy it would have been to end the whole vietnam war in ONE day - to flood Hanoi (destroy a dam), and block its harbor (killing almost no one in the process), but the administration then went on record stating they had no interest in that or in defeating the Chinese or Vietcong, so we fought on. We died, we were maimed, and we carried scars from the carnage that still haunt us today, and when we came home, we were spat upon by those who were actually right. VN was a waste; a ruse; a fraud - but the uninformed took it out on us - we were the patsies.
Today we lament our fate when our country turns us out after we serve. Its convenient to forget. They have more pressing matters, no?
Everything your poem says is true.
Congress needs to act and we need to make our needs known. Find the nearest Veteran’s group and join it. Write letters. Do so en masse. Use the same tactics as you would on the battle field.
And Never NEVER give UP.
God Bless you, my brother.