I planned on doing a post about how great it was to have 3-day weekend and what, with the weather being so nice recently. But then I ran into an old man outside of Albertson’s selling Poppys with the donation to be given to the Veterans of Foreign Wars charity. Of course, I bought one, although I should have purchased dozens!
You see? I’m a VietNam Vet! Spent two tours there. Enlisted. Saw good friends become wounded, disabled and killed! And when I tell people this, I usually get the same five questions
1. Was it scary?? (Ummm… YEAH!!)
2. Did you kill anyone? ( I HAD to!! It was me or them… Didn’t actually count!)
3. Would you do it again? ( You bet your ass!!!)
4. Were you NUTS??? (Only if I hadn’t taken on the job!)
5. Why did you do it? (I was an American soldier!! It was my job!)
Now, I’m not a violent person but when you are thrown into a situation like that, you either react and learn to survive or you die. I chose the former!
In the end, I came out of the whole mess as a survivor. I contracted throat cancer, which the doctors claimed was because of the Agent Orange that was being used to kill the vegation in the jungles there ( I have no vocal cords), but I’m alive!
And the lesser ‘ordeal’, which was flying in to El Paso, Texas, only to be spit on, have shit thrown at us, and called ‘Baby Killers!!’, which was totally CRAP!! (We never responded back), I survived that crap too!
It’s been 30 years now and I’m still trying to let the whole experience go. Someday, maybe, who knows… When the nightmares stop..
So next time you see an old man selling those Poppys, wearing his little VFW hat?? Please think of me and buy one, and PLEASE thank him!! He has sacrificed his life for you!! He is why you are free today…
Have a GREAT Memorial Day!!