Re: “Honor military, don’t glorify” (letter, 5-27).
This letter to the editor struck a tattered nerve deep in my soul. My service to our country began in 1967 as a pilot of an unarmed medical evacuation helicopter in Vietnam. I and those within my unit did our duty, and proudly so, not because we were inculcated or enslaved to our government, but because we believed it to be in the best interest of our nation.
I was delusional in my beliefs that upon returning home our service would be positively acknowledged. The writer appears to be of the faction that chose to spit upon us, protest us, jeer us and criminalize us as we returned our lives to a sense of normalcy. And apparently she still bears contempt for soldiers serving in today’s conflicts.
I, however, am thankful for the service of each and every soldier who has ever served in time of war. True combat veterans do not glorify war as they know the ugliness and misery found on the battlefield.
I honor all soldiers who gave their lives so that others may live in freedom. I honor those soldiers who returned and still bear the emotional and physical scars of battle. And I shun those who do otherwise.