The other vision is that Vietnam veterans are simply victims and should be remembered as the 58,000 dead on a wall, or as PTSD victims, or Agent Orange victims, drug addicted, jobless, or homeless. This is "damning with faint praise"—NOT honoring the majority who are still alive. Help those who need help, but truly “honor” all those who deserve it.
There are Vietnam veterans who are proud of their service and proud of the service of their fellow veterans.
There are two visions of Vietnam veterans today. One is that Vietnam veterans were the best military our country ever had. They were extraordinary by serving more time in combat than the WW II veterans, by winning all the major battles, by stopping the spread of Communism throughout all of Southeast Asia, by developing weapons, tactics, and medical procedures benefiting future military forces, and by doing all this while Congress, anti-war protesters, and the media were maligning them. They won their war, and Congress threw away what they had won. They should be held in high respect and esteem. That is what “to honor” means.
Midge Munro, Mike Burke, Larry Mitchell, Oscar Urrea
Gene Crego Col. Joey Strickland
Representative Sonny Borelli, Representative Jonathan Larkin, Representative Noel Campbell, Ron Bellus –Median Director Az Corporation Commission, and Joe Abodeely.