Welcome Home Vietnam Veteran's Day
March 30, 2011
The Senate has approved March 30 as 'Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day'. This measure still has to be approved by the house, which probably means it will never get done because those posing imbeciles cannot agree on anything. I guess the senate feels guilty about neglecting us when we really returned, all those years ago. They tried once before to honor us with a Welcome Home Day and Parade back in 1986. That, while it was still a bit late, went over well.
Now, all of us are older, many of us in poor health either because of the chemicals we were exposed to over there (Agent Orange was just one of many), or because we came back, put our heads down and got to work raising families and re-building America's pride in itself. We never complained, never asked for anything except what was coming to us. Yet, recently, we have been called 'The Greediest Generation' by Alan Simpson, and selfish by others. Some of us take great exception to that. We did all we could to raise our families strong, healthy, and law-abiding. When we could, we saved for our so-called 'Golden Years'. Many of us had to dip into that savings for one emergency after another. And still, most of us do not complain. Now, we are living off of small annuities and the small amount that paying into Social Security was supposed to guarantee us. Medicare pays for a lot of our health costs, supplemented by our secondary insurance. This was supposed to guarantee that we would stay reasonably safe as we get older. But, no, we are greedy, and they want to take some of that away from us.
So, do us a favor. Don't make yourselves feel better by giving us a day to honor us, when for the rest of the year you would stick us in a closet like some holiday decoration. Some of us are really ill. I, myself, am in stage 3 kidney failure because my blood vessels have narrowed. I have a two friends that are even in worse shape than I am. There are many, many more of us out there that are failing physically. The government would not give us that it was the chemicals that they exposed us to, so we have to rely on what we can get from the VA, Medicare, and private insurance. Don't throw us aside like so many spent cartridges. We are human beings and Patriots that served our country well. We did not lose the Vietnam War.. the US government gave up on us. Now, it is time to see that we are taken care of.
To all my brothers and sisters who served, I say "To a job well done, my brothers and sisters in arms. Remember: You did what your country asked you to do. I am proud of each and every one of you. Welcome home and Semper FI!"