Interviewing veterans Who Lost a Buddy in the Military Was Very Hard for Me.

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I have been interviewing many veterans for my upcoming book, Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life. I will share one with you today to show you what you can see if your acquire the book.


Interview with Don the Marine

On my way home from doing errands I decided to stop and have lunch at a local Carl’s Jr. I got my meal and saw a guy sitting in one of the seats wearing a “Once a Marine, Always a Marine,” hat. I walked up to him and told him thank you for your service. I went on to my seat and started eating.

I watched him as I ate. He had scars up on one of his legs, and down one of his arms. He was connected to an oxygen machine that was in a carrying bag he had.

He started to get up to leave. He had a cane. He went to empty his tray, and came right by me. I asked him to sit and talk for a while.

He wasn’t sure he wanted to do that at first, but when I told him I was a veteran as well, he sat down with me.

We bonded quickly. He was in Vietnam. He worked with helicopters. They brought supplies and good to the shore.

I asked him about his physical problems.

Don I had agent orange. I have had three heart surgeries. I have type II diabetes. I can’t breathe well, because of all the scar tissues

Were you in Vietnam?

Don: Yes

What rank did you have?

Don: Corporal

What unit were you in?

Don: 333rd

What were your duties?

Don: We were on helicopters bringing supplies and food to the shore.

What was the hardest part of your service for you?

Don: Seeing friends die. I saw one of my best friends and another pilot flying a helicopter that crashed into the ocean. They were trapped inside and they drowned. They never recovered their bodies.

How did you do while serving?

Don: The VA never recognized me for getting sick until recently.

What are your feelings on how soldiers were treated who fought in Vietnam?

Don: People spit on the soldiers when they came through the airports coming home.

We exchanged email addresses and I have a new friend who feels some of the pain I had while I was in the service.

This is a typical story from many Vietnam veterans. They didn’t deserve the treatment they received, and still served our country with honor. This was a very short interview because he had a hard time talking about his service.


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