LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Most Vietnam veterans never really ‘come home'


In response to Dennis Sedam's letter regarding my comments on the Stolen Valor Act:

First, I was disappointed that Dennis only commented on the conclusion of my letter and not on the body. Obviously, my mention of hanging phonies was used in a figurative manner, not literal.

Second, since he is an Army veteran, I thank him for his service. But is he a combat veteran? If he is, then we can have a dialogue. If not, we can't. Only a combat veteran understands my anger and frustrations. You had to be there.

Third, why doesn't he join me and my vet buddies at one of our peer group meetings? We would love to have him sit in and contribute or listen. We meet at the VA and have a VA employee as facilitator.

Fourth, I don't know his age but those of us who served in combat in Vietnam have never really "come home." And we never will. We can't. Our memories, flashbacks, nightmares and intrusive thoughts will never allow us to return. I don't say this to solicit sympathy, it is just the way it is.

Al Conetto

Walla Walla


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