These Vietnam veterans ‘share a bond that can never be broken’
A group of Vietnam War veterans spoke about the bond they have from shared experiences in combat and returning home, while touring Indianapolis monuments.
Jenna Watson, firstname.lastname@example.org
In April of 1967, I went to the induction station in Indianapolis and joined the U.S. Army. I was fresh out of high school. My uncle and both parents served in WWII. I just thought that was the right thing to do. I served as a member of the infantry in South Vietnam in December 1967 until December 1968.
Veterans Day has since then been the same as the other 364 days of the year.
A lot of folks see Veterans Day as a day for me as a veteran. But it’s not. I went and I made it back OK. But a lot of folks who went were killed.
Their families don’t grieve one day a year. They grieve 365 days a year.
To me, Veterans Day is for those grieving and those who served with me who did not make it back or who did not make it back the same as they left.
More than 9 million Americans served in the U.S. Armed Forces during the Vietnam War, 2.7 million of them in the country of Vietnam, according to statistics. An estimated 1,535 Indiana residents were killed or missing in Vietnam.
Indiana lost almost 12,000 people during WWI, while another 17,000 returned home wounded, according to the Indiana War Memorial statistics.
Those scars and others remain. Returning vets had an enormous emotional cross to bear and many still do. A 2015 study said about 271,000 Vietnam vets still had PTSD symptoms.
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