Not all vietnam war veterans are homeless |

Not all vietnam war veterans are homeless

On July 14, The Union printed an article on the front page noting a Vietnam veteran who has been hiding out and living in the rough for 30 years in Nevada County. Beyond the story of the homeless, I find it offensive that the liberal media continue to typecast Vietnam vets as social pariahs making them inculpable for their current condition. This is not meant to detract from those who deserve the care required for physical and/or mental disabilities received in battle, but the majority of those who did return from Vietnam went on to lead productive lives.

However, the media seizes on portraying a minority of vets, such as this man who has been hiding out and living in the rough for 30 years, but can still afford smokes and bar drinks, as representing all of us. This does not represent the majority of Vietnam veterans, yet the message is there once again.

I am a Vietnam veteran and have a wonderful life and family thanks to the G.I. Bill, which I took full advantage of, as did many other vets, when they returned.

Please quit using us as fodder for stories if you continue to set us apart like this. Some 58,000 U.S. men and women died, for whom we grieve. Have some respect for those who did return and quit characterizing the majority as unaccountable for the few that, sadly, could really never find their way home again.

Michael MacKenzie

Grass Valley

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