THEN YOU MAY BE A VIETNAM VETERAN


com_69_0623_vnIf you always get a lump in your throat when they play the National Anthem, then you may be a Vietnam Veteran.

If you know the fourth stanza to the National Anthem and like it better than the first  because it better describes America, then you may be a Vietnam Veteran.

If you go off by yourself and cry about the friends you lost that happened forty years ago when you were young, then you may be a  Vietnam Veteran.

If there’s not enough Valium in the world to help you when you go to The Wall, then you may be a Vietnam Veteran.

If  the radio frequency you called in air strikes on is indelibly stamped in your mind but you can’t remember your own anniversary, then you may be a Vietnam Veteran.

If your respect for the Constitution prevents you from caving in the head of some guy who proudly announces “Dude. I fought that war. I went to Canada to avoid the draft”, then you may be a Vietnam Veteran.

If you avoided killing any of your new friends at San Francisco International Airport in the late sixties or early seventies when you DEROSed, then you may be a Vietnam Veteran.

If you can still remember the name of your pilot and the day he died, then you may be a Vietnam Veteran.

If you got the short end of the stick on parades when you got home, then you may be a Vietnam Veteran.

If you went down to join the VFW when you got out and they told you that you hadn’t served in a “War”, then you may be a Vietnam Veteran

If you were told to change into civvies when you landed at Travis to avoid “problems” while traveling home for leave, then you may be a Vietnam Veteran.

And if you answered a drunken woman who came up to you at a cocktail party asking “How could you kill all those people?” by saying “I didn’t. The napalm did. And it wasn’t even a close race either, honey!” then you may be a Vietnam Veteran.

Then you may be a Veteran© Asknod 4/8/2013

There are 857,000 of us left who got the red clay between our toes. We are disappearing faster than snail darters and northern spotted owls. They get more attention, too. All that tells me is I ought to dress up like an owl with fish skin shoes when I go to the VARO.

The Red Clay Club

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