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Honor our veterans of war and peace

Honor our veterans

of war and peace

America has always had brave men and women who put their selfless hearts into combat to protect our freedom.

A nation reveals itself by the patriots it produces, honors and remembers, especially paralyzed, wounded and all combat veterans.

I enlisted in the U.S. Navy at 17. I am a Vietnam-era veteran born during the first year of WWII. I am a member of Potrero Hill’s Russian community in San Francisco. Only English was allowed to be spoken in the house.

Members of my father’s generation were all American-born, all WWII combat veterans. Every home had service stars in the windows.

I was 3 when the war ended. Those veterans came home on crutches and in arm slings. One was blind. Some never came home. I remember hugging my dad for the first time. I remember the great joy experienced by all the families but one, who had a son killed in Germany.

Never honored were the home front veterans – grandparents, parents, wives and siblings; the assembly workers of war materials, warships, warplanes and victory garden; the kids collecting scrap metal. My mom had her Rosie the Riveter badge from Bethlehem Steel.

Families in anguish, fearing the dreaded official government vehicle or telegram – heartbreak!

Thomas T. Susoeff

Penn Valley

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