Vietnam War vets thanked for their sacrifices to nation

To the editor:

A long time ago, you were called by Uncle Sam to go to a land far, far away. A gun was placed in your hand. Knowing some of you would die, you went with heads held high. You fought for the red, white and blue.

Blood and tears were shed on the uniform you wore, but you fought for many years before they called it a war. You fought for the real America, the land of the free and the home of the brave, the America worth fighting for.

When you returned home, there were no celebrations, no fancy parades, only a new war, your nightmares. Some of you are still there. The invisible wounds hurt the most. They never really heal. You just learn to deal with them.

At this time I want to say, “Welcome home, my brothers and sisters.” Your time has come to heal. I thank you, for you are worthy men and women who gave your best when you were called upon to serve and protect your country. I thank you for your unselfish service in the continued struggle to preserve our freedom. I thank you for the sacrifices you made, for your many different contributions to America’s victories over tyranny and oppression.

I respect you, I thank you, I honor you, I am proud of you, and I pray that God will watch over you and bless you with peace and happiness.

May we silently pray for peace, the peace that passes all understanding.

—Raphael Schaefer  (Spc. 4th Class, U.S. Army, Company C, 1st Air Cavalry Division, 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry)

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