I found this photo and commentary on my Facebook news feed this morning. All day I have been mulling over posting it here. Tonight I finally decided to do it.
Vietnam veterans with Agent Orange diseases continue to march into the Vietnam Wall to join their fallen brothers. These men and women will not be remembered as fatalities of the Vietnam War. Their names will not be engraved onto the wall…yet they are still victims of the Vietnam War! These veterans have died slow deaths BECAUSE of their country and won’t be remembered as dying FOR their country. This is truly a gripping photograph of the Vietnam Memorial in Rochester, New York. HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE REALLY DIED FROM THE VIETNAM WAR?
Why am I posting it? Because:
It isn’t just Agent Orange that is killing them. PTSD and other terrible things affect our Vietnam Vets. Many have suffered in silence for YEARS because there were inadequate or no Veterans’ services available for them.
These men and women came home from a terrible war to find disrespect and disassociation. Many of them eventually wound up losing everything: jobs, homes, families. Many ended up living on the streets and using street drugs to self-medicate the intense pain they were feeling. Only recently has the Department of Veteran’s Affairs finally taken the responsibility to help these Veterans. I sincerely hope that this country can make things right for the remaining survivors of that War, our Vietnam Veterans.