First it is the Marine Corps Birthday on November 10th and then Veterans Day the day after. They say Veterans Day is a day America honors its veterans. With 22 veterans a day and over 8,000 a year committing suicide, that honor thing is not working very well.
I had my wood work for sale at a craft/antique festival in town this week, and a woman came up and asked if I was a veteran. I told her yes, I was in the Marine Corps. She then shook my hand and thanked me for my service. I said thanks, but I wanted to say much more.
I could have asked what exactly she was thanking me for. Was she thanking me for helping to kill millions of Vietnamese? Maybe she thought I helped spray the country with millions of gallons of chemical weapons like Agent Orange or Agent Blue, or Agent White or any of the others we tried out on that country.
Yes, it is like this every Veteran's Day. I get worked up. I was in Vietnam in 1968 and 69. In those 2 years 28,679 American troops were killed 16,899 in 68 and 11,780 in 1969. Here is how the "American Conservative" writes about that war, and they are not known for being Peaceniks.
I don't care what others say about justification for "my war." Vietnam never attacked us. They never wanted to attack us, and they never had the means with which they could attack us. Kind of like Iraq and Afghanistan, eh?
So, Veterans Day seems to bring it all back every year. I wish I could be one of those vets who can just blow off the killings and the blood and gore, but for me, the memories of dead mothers holding their dead child flash into my mind like it was just last week, and seeing a fellow Marine with his intestines coming out of what is left of his stomach is something I just don't know how to forget.
Maybe it would be different if we had been the defender or if the Vietnamese had bombed California. Maybe it would have been different if Vietnam were not a dirt poor third world country filled with dirt poor rice farmers who pumped water into their paddies with leg power like they had been doing for hundreds of years. And you know, maybe it would have been different if we were there to help the country instead of chemically destroying their forests, farmland and their future generations.
I have seen the guys at VFW Post bars bragging how they won the war when they were there, but most of the war vets kept quiet, and so many let it eat at them to the point that they couldn't take it anymore. The following comes from a study done by the Veterans Administration in 2012, http://www.va.gov/opa/docs/Suicide-Data-Report-2012-final.pdf
Yes, we have a national holiday every year where America pretends to honor its veterans, but in truth it is the only day of the year they do any honoring, and to me it is just lip service. Thousands of veterans are killing themselves every year, and we don't even care enough to figure out how many. Companies donate money to have a huge concert in Washington DC so politicians can pretend they honor vets, but the over one hundred thousand homeless veterans will never hear or see that concert, and what about the vets who kill themselves that day or the next or the next or the next and on and on and on.
Yes, I hate Veterans Day. I hate the memories it brings back, and I hate the phony thank you's, and I hate the fact that every year we make new war veterans because America thrives on its over 70 year long war-time economy that employs millions and makes rich Americans richer.
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