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Letter: Veterans expect nothing more than some respect

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From: John Haley


Received: Dec. 3

I feel compelled to respond to an Onion regarding veterans who feel they are owed something from America for serving their country to keep Americans safe and free.

The person who wrote that I feel sure never served in the military and is disrespectful to those who did and doesn’t remember that we are proud.

We came home from Vietnam to protesters and people who condemned us for what we did, but we lived through it, but we never can forget what we did.

It is unreal that people exist in this country who think this way.

I am a Vietnam veteran, 1967-1968 combat infantry.

These young people who laid their lives on the line for this country should not be disrespected in such a way, to say that we should thank a taxpayer for putting us in harm’s way is totally absurd. We were 18 to 20 years old and were drafted or volunteered and served our country proudly.

Even for idiots who made that kind of statement that we should thank them for supporting the government that created through taxes these wars is idiotic. They didn’t put their name on the remarks, but I do have the courage to put mine to my remarks.

I hope the person who wrote the Onion that said we should thank them for being taxpayers gets over being brain dead and enjoys the freedom and protection we gave and served to them.

It is a duty and an honor to serve your country in the military. We didn’t go to Canada to escape the draft or protest it like Jane Fonda or hide in Europe like Bill Clinton. We served the people of this country, but we expect nothing from them except like the 1960s song, “A little respect.”

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