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Awesome, thank you so much. These are the only questions that I have:
What was the experience like?
What were your feelings about the protests at home?
How do you feel about the whole issue today? What do you see as the lesson of the Vietnam War for the United States?
IT IS HARD TO PUT INTO WORDS BUT I WAS PROUD TO DO WHAT WAS ASKED OF ME. I WAS NOT DRAFTED INTO THE MILITARY I VOLUNTEERED. IT WAS SOMETHING I HOPED NONE OF MY CHILDREN WOULD GO THRU JUST LIKE THE ONES THAT SERVED IN WW1, WW2, AND THE KOREAN WAR HOPED WE WOULD NOT HAVE TO DO. BUT NOW THERE IS THE WARS IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN.
LIKE OTHERS IN THE MILITARY I WAS OK WITH OTHERS PROTESTING THE WAR BECAUSE A LOT OF GOOD PEOPLE BOTH MILITARY AND CIVILIANS WERE BEING KILLED. BUT A LOT OF PROTESTERS WERE TREATING THE RETURNING SOLDiERS LIKE me like WE WERE KILLERS AND ENJOYED WHAT WE WERE DOING. THEY WERE WRONG, WE DID WHAT WE WERE TOLD TO DO. YOU CAN NOT HAVE AN ARMY THAT JUST OBEYS ORDERS WHEN THEY THINK IT IS RIGHT.
IT IS GOOD THAT THEY ARE TREATING THE SOLDERS returning from the war now BETTER THIS TIME. THEY ARE FOLLOWING ORDERS THE SAME AS WE DID, BUT THIS TIME THE FIRST ONES KILLED WERE IN THE USA NOT IN SOME LOCATION THAT MOST PEOPLE NEVER HEARD OF. I FEEL THAT IF THE POLITICIANs WOULD HAVE STAYED OUT OF THE WAR AND LET THE MILITARY DO THERE JOB LIKE THEY ARE TO DAY THAT THE WAR WOULD HAVE ENDED A LOT SOONER AND WITH A DIFFERENT OUTCOME. YOU CAN NOT SET BOUNDERIES AS TO WhERE AND WHEN AND WHO TO FIGHT, WHEN YOU ARE NOT THERE. THAT IS WHY I THINK THINGS ARE GOING BETTER FOR THE Soldiers TO DAY, THE ONES IN CHARGE ARE THERE TO SEE IT ALL.
HOW DO I FEEL ABOUT IT TO DAY. I WISH IT HAD NEVER HAPPENED BUT IT DID AND NOTHING WILL CHANGE THAT. I JUST WISH THAT WE HAD BEEN TREATED BETTER WHEN IT WAS OVER AND NOT LIKE WE WERE THE BAD GUYS IN OUR OWN COUNTRY.
THE LESSON SHOULD BE THAT IF YOU ARE GOING TO PUT YOUR OWN PEOPLE IN HARMS WAY THEN YOU SHOULD BACK THEM NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS. I AM WORRIED THAT IF THIS NEW WAR GOES ON MUCH LONGER THAT PEOPLE ARE GOING TO FORGET WHY WE ARE OVER THERE AND TURN AGIANST THE MILITARY LIKE THEY DID THE LAST TIME.THEN THE POLITICIANS WILL GET INVOLVED AGAIN AND WE WILL LOSE ANOTHER ONE AND WE WILL NOT HAVE LEARNED ANYTHING.