It's been over forty years, but I still feel the tears from thirteen months of combat in a no - win situation called Vietnam. The years just keep passing by, and still many Vietnam Veterans die, and no one wants to admit why. The anger and saddness is still there and what makes it worse is a society that acts as if they care, acting like they know where we had to go and what we had to do, and now they just stare.
Our tears flow for our brothers whose names are on that Wall, the ones who answered the call and gave all.
It is American tradition to honor War Veterans, but they shut the door on us and some just can't forget. For some better late than never, but for me it just won't go away.
Now a whole new generation in a different era thinks a simple " welcome home " will do. A generation that is blind to what went on, and the the injustice that we were served, a generation that looks the other way when the homeless living on the street try to speak . A generation that ignores the number of Vietnam Veterans taking their own lives every day. The shock of this is so much, I just don't know what to say.
Some of us choose to live another day and this new generation honoring us needs to know that we will not just go away and that they will have to deal with us someday, giving more than just a " welcome home" that comes a little late, and they need to know why our minds are in such a f*^k^d up state. Jon York USMC Vietnam 1969 -70