by Kevin Caruso
All Vietnam War veterans who served honorably are heroes.
And this truism should have been saliently evident in the 1960s and 1970s; but, sadly, many citizens in this country looked at theses great heroes as symbols of a war that they were against.
So, instead of receiving a heroes welcome when these superstars returned to America, they were mistreated, vilified, and scorned.
The horrible way these heroes were treated remains one of the most disgraceful and disgusting parts of American history.
And both the war and this mistreatment have caused innumerable problems for many of our hero Vietnam veterans.
Some have died by suicide.
Others have suffered from PTSD, anxiety, clinical depression, and a myriad of other serious problems.
I have great respect and love for our Vietnam veterans. I am highly honored and privileged to know many of them.
Vietnam War veterans are very special people.
They have endured incredible pain, and the misdirected scorn of a nation, yet they are among the most patriotic people in America.
Our Vietnam Veterans are amazing people.
We OWE them a lot.
First and foremost, we owe them RESPECT...they have earned it.
Respect for serving in one of the most difficult wars in our history, and doing so honorably. Respect for returning home and NOT being treated as heroes. Respect for their sacrifices.
We OWE them honor...they have earned it.
These heroes MUST be honored forever. They have earned the highest level of honor that America can bestow upon them.
They have indeed earned respect and honor, and American citizens must continue to shower these heroes with respect and honor in every way possible.
And we must extend our LOVE to these heroes.
For they have unqestionably earned our love.
To all Vietnam War veterans:
God bless you. America loves you, honors you, respects you, cares for you, and is in awe of you.
You are truly amazing.
You have endured more than most humans could possibly endure.
You are angels on earth.
It is among the greatest honors of my life to present Vietnam Memorial.com to you.
This is a gift to you.
God bless you.
I am deeply honored to be associated with you.
I love you,
Founder, Executive Director, Editor-in-Chief
(Vietnam Memorial.com is a Suicide.org website.)