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I am proud to be an American and feel very lucky to have been born in America. I want those children born here today and tomorrow to feel that same way. 1968-69 in the Republic of South Vietnam I was taught things no one should ever need to learn, and while there I decided if ever there was an opportunity for me to speak out on the injustices of our world, I would. This web site is my opportunity. I believe in the right and duty of all Americans to defend our freedom from those who would attack and diminish it. But, I also believe the most immediate threat to our freedom lies not in sneaking saboteurs and terrorists from abroad, but in a government so overzealous in protecting our safety, they destroy the very freedom we all need to preserve it. I believe our founding fathers gave us real gifts in the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Gifts that make this nation one to be proud of, and if our government compromises them, I fear the children born today will never understand the true, greatness of the United States.


So Disturbing, I Can't Comprehend It
by James Glaser
April 14, 2014
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I was at the VA today, and a guy rolls up in his scooter chair and parks it next to me. He is a Vietnam vet with no legs and one arm. Well, from years of experience I just start talking to him like anybody else and try not to make his injuries the topic of conversation.

So, we are talking about this and that and having a nice time, and the conversation somehow morphs into no matter how bad you have it, there is always somebody that has it worse than you. So I had to ask if he knew guys worse off than him, and I'm thinking quadriplegics.

Now this guy is upbeat, and he looks right at me and says, "Oh yeah." He goes on to tell me about the guy with no arms and one leg, and how much better off this guy felt having a hand instead of a foot. He also said that guys like him over the years seemed to come in contact with others who have lost limbs in the service, because they have to go to the same clinics at the VA, and over time some of their appointments coincide. He then went on and told me about the guy who had lost both legs like he had and the same arm as him, but that they guy was blind, too

A bit later they called his name. We shook hands, and he rolled down the hall to his appointment.

I sat there thinking that after that conversation it would be hard for me to ever start feeling sorry for myself. I don't know how that guy does it. I'm telling you he really was upbeat and lots of vets walking by were saying hi to him by name, and you could tell that he was well-liked.

War is just the shits, and it takes so much away from so many. Over the years, you will see what it does if you get your health care at the VA. Men and now women with missing limbs, blind, deaf, burned vets, and some who look so horrible you know being out in public is a real challenge

I don't know what to think. That man gave me a lot to think about, and that short time with him made me so thankful for the life I have.




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