Earlier today after visiting the Denver VA Medical Center for a lung infection and receiving antibiotics. I stopped at the local Walmart, as I was getting ready to checkout. A young woman/clerk commented about ” I like your jacket. Did you make it ?” I told her no I had not. That my fellow veterans ( Vietnam Veterans of America, North Dakota State Council) had given the vest because I made the documentary about our 25th Anniversary. She was surmised and delighted that I would be given a gift.
Here’s where the curve for the day. She mentioned “My uncles served in Vietnam and returned home. However they couldn’t cope with the treatment of the returning soldiers. Or the attitude of the country had for us at that time. I asked what happen “They both committed suicide.” I am devastated by this and how terrible an outcome for anyone who serves in combat. I gave her my business card about the documentary film, and explained to her one of the reasons for making the film is reaching out to those who have not found closure.
I told her “Thank You for their service. Tell any remaining veterans in your family tree, that I said “Thank You.” All I can do today is reflect on this and they will be in my nightly prayers. She seemed to be content with my support for her and her family relatives.
I think today is the day we reflect about who we are as Americans and how many of us Love our country. This morning before driving the Denver VA, three bicyclists rode by and not one mention ” Happy Fourth of July.” Is this what we’ve become?