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"Just thank-you~"

I received an email a few hours ago that I wish I could forward on to every Viet Nam veteran on the face of the planet. The best I can do is post it here, forward it on to some people I think will appreciate it,  and hope it spreads across the net as far and wide as possible.

The subject line on the email was "Just thank-you~"

Dear Mr. Faith,

I awoke this morning with a need to compose the letter I've attached below.  I don't have a clue as to why, or why now.

Upon completion, I had no idea what to do with it, if anything.

A "Google" search provided your website, my first and only stop.  I read "Will You Welcome Us Home Now?".  [Click here -- BF]

I don't know any Vietnam Veterans, so I decided to send my letter to you.  At least, I'll have thanked one Vietnam Veteran today.

I hope you don't mind my sending you the letter below, since you don't know me at all.

Thank you.


No, Becky, I don't "mind" that you chose me to send your letter to. I'm old and "tough" and I only got choked up for about 5 minutes when I read it. I hope you don't mind that I can't just keep it to myself.

Dear Vietnam Veteran,

    As Iraq smolders on, I think of you more often than usual.

    Though I don’t know your name, sometimes I’ve seen your face.

    Now and then, your eyes are haunted, and can look right through me.  Other times, your eyes seem to hold secrets I could never know, that you would be far too kind to tell me, even if you could.  Frequently, your eyes seem wizened, with a fountain of compassion for the inexplicable.   From time to time, I feel you’re in a far away place, long ago, and your eyes don’t focus at all.

    Sometimes you are missing limbs, wearing an old military jacket, with a cart containing all of your belongings.

    Occasionally, you’re in a 3-piece suit, and casual acquaintances may not even know you served.

    Every so often, I hear financially successful vets held up as examples of what all vets could accomplish, as though people were all the same, and everyone’s experiences in war were the identical.

    I try to imagine what you experienced, though I know I cannot.  I wonder how you can still love the country who betrayed you, by refusing to welcome you home?

    I do know that whether you performed heroic actions,
    or whether you did things you’d like to forget,
    whether you saved the lives of many Americans by risking your own,
    or whether you found the nearest foxhole and stayed there,
                to me, you are a hero.
        You bravely took your young life over there.

    No matter what you thought of the war, no matter whether leaders exhibited wisdom or not, no matter what politics were involved, you faced the reality that you were called to fight.  You went.

    I lost no one close to me.  I sacrificed nothing.  I demonstrated nowhere.  I simply put my youthful self to sleep at night feeling very safe because I lived in America.  I took my freedom for granted because I’d known no other way.  Communism was nothing more than a history lesson.

    Perhaps because of Vietnam, soldiers in Iraq will continue to receive better treatment upon returning home, whether the war remains “popular” or not.  That doesn’t help you though, except to illustrate graphically how you were wronged .

    I’m just a middle-aged mom who is daily grateful I’ve not yet had to send a son to combat.  Yet surely, if I think of you so often, others do as well.

    I don’t know if that matters, now.  I was too young to welcome you home appropriately at the time.  I can only hope I would have, but life is so easy to see in retrospect.

    Yet, if there’s even a chance that my appreciation could mean anything to you now, then it’s worth whatever I can do to let you know. 

    I also understand if it would be ‘too little, too late’, even if the whole nation knelt before you begging your forgiveness.

    So, for whatever it’s worth, I humbly thank you.  I think of you.  I appreciate you.


Becky, thank you, more than I can say. I've heard "Thank you" and "Welcome home" more in the last 6 months or so than any time in the last 35 years, and each time does still matter. I'll do my best to see that your letter reaches as many other vets as possible. I know it still matters to them, too, and maybe your letter will serve as a reminder to some other people to never, ever, treat another generation of warriors the way ours was treated. Thank you, Becky. Just thank you.

Update 2005.02.05: Don't go away without reading this while you're here.

Posted by Bill Faith on January 27, 2005 at 01:41 AM | Permalink


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Hello Bill, I printed the "Thank you" out and will be taking it with me when I go to the VA Hospital that I am volunteering at. Thank you for your service.

Posted by: Janie | Jan 27, 2005 4:48:38 PM

Just stopped by to wave a hand and say hello Bill, that was very nice of Becky. Thanks for sharing it with the rest of us.

Posted by: Jack | Jan 27, 2005 7:58:19 PM

Hi Bill, This letter was very touching for me. Every generation of men in my family has served in the Army, in wartime, since the Spanish-American War, myself included. Of all those generations only one was not welcomed home with open arms, my father and my uncle, who served in Vietnam. The day after I came home from Iraq in 1991 my Uncle called me to say welcome home. He wanted to make sure that I heard it from someone because he never did. And then he said something to me that broke my heart. He thanked my comrades and I for restoring his honor. Eric Cowperthwaite -

Posted by: Eric | Jan 27, 2005 11:48:20 PM

[Off topic Commment removed. There are places all over the web where you can spread left-wing BS about Kerry being a war hero and Bush dodging the draft. This isn't one of them.]

Posted by: Dave | Jan 28, 2005 1:11:38 AM

Hi, Would you put our website, as a link on your page. We are the original and only legitimate site that exposes phony Navy SEALs, of which there are THOUSANDS. We do not charge for this service and only request that those interested in checking on somebody give us as much data as they can by filling out the form on our site. Thanks, Steve Waterman, former USN Vietnam 1969

Posted by: Steve Waterman | Jan 30, 2005 3:41:46 PM

[I've never had to resort to blocking IP addresses before and I hope I'm not getting ready to now. It's real simple Dave. One "Aw shit" wipes out all your attaboys. Any respect that Jean Fraud Kerry earned in 'Nam he threw away when he came home and called me and hundreds of thousands of others like me rapists and babykillers. He's had 35 years to take it back and apologize, and he still hasn't done it. The man was, is, and always will be a jackass and I'll continue to excercize my First Amendment rights to make sure everyone realizes that. If you feel the need to argue the point, start your own blog.]

Posted by: Dave | Jan 30, 2005 8:10:40 PM

Nah, if I started my own blog, I'd never get to talk to you. Why would I want to discuss your problems with other people? If I pass a fool in the street, I don't go telling the guy down the road what I think of him. Seriously. I don't get it. It doesn't make sense. I've never been able to understand the animosity, because the only people feeling angry are emotionally-fragile veterans, and until recently, I wouldn't dare quaestion ANY vet. ( just like "Becky" )

Posted by: Dave | Jan 31, 2005 4:34:33 PM

Outstanding site, Love the links. I know I'll be coming back, Welcome Home (Anerical Div class of 67-68)

Posted by: John M. Rea | Feb 9, 2005 7:40:59 AM

thanks so much for citizens like becky. i was spat upon and called a baby killer. denied alot of rights that my civilian counter parts were getting. it is never to late to thank someone

Posted by: bob hunter rm1 usn retired vietnam vet | Jul 3, 2005 10:16:56 PM

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