Age tempers, but scars remain

posted Jan 25, 2016, 12:31 PM by Bruce Gaughran   [ updated Apr 26, 2016, 10:41 AM ]

I read an interesting blog article today and was moved to comment. By the time I finished writing the comment, I wanted to share it with my readers. The three short stories and poem of my Vietnam memories (Brown Water - Red Blood) tell my story of living with survivor's guilt. This article is another perspective of someone living in a turbulent time.

Article:  Vietnam Spectators

My comment:  Yes, age tempers most of us, but the scars, some visible, but mostly invisible, are reminders of the days when we were filled with feelings of knowing right from wrong, and black from white. With age came many shade of gray and a tolerance and understanding of other views, many contrarian.

I served two tours of duty over there. I served with honor and saw many lives taken before their time. I lost my best friend-a Huey pilot. I returned home to be spit upon and called a baby-killer. I didn't understand why I was viewed as the villain.

This was a time that divided us. All sides felt they were in the right. As we matured, most of us found there was no wrong or right, and we are were victims of false prophets and misunderstood ideals. Unfortunately, many of the leaders of our great nature never served and therefore continually fall prey to the same old ideologies that forced us into Vietnam (i.e., Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.). Who do I sound like now?

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