All too often, those who sacrificed for our freedom are rarely appreciated. In history books, the Vietnam War is a time period that is behind us; however, its significance still lives on. For the men and women who have experienced these events, the memory of war is still in their hearts and minds. On October 17, a group of Vietnam War Veterans gave a passionate expose about their time in the Vietnam War.
The event occurred at the Fair Haven branch of the Knights of Columbus. As the audience sat and listened to these men, their words create a vivid picture of the harsh reality of Lyndon B Johnson's war. Combing through the Vietnam jungle with their back breaking equipment, it is a world for only the strong-at-heart. In these untold oral histories, the drama of war is a story that no history book can match.
In their effort to share their personal stories with the public, the veterans work hard to reach as many people as possible. The trouble in their agenda is that it conflicts with a hesitant school system and a local government that seems to not care for a group of men who are real world heroes.
According to one veteran, he remembers how hard it was to survive in the harsh terrain of North Vietnam. In an instant, a soldier can lose his life to a snake bite or be poisoned with a tainted bottle of beer. In combat, one wrong move can cost a soldier his life. Despite their great service to this nation, these wounded warriors returned home to a country that turned its back on them.
Over time, things have changed for the better. But history seems to be repeating itself since these veterans are at odds with the local school system and the town government. Regardless of this hurdle, these Vietnam War Veterans, continue to do their mission, to help current veterans who return home from Iraq and Afghanistan.
If you want to support the Chapter twelve branch of the Vietnam War Veterans of New Jersey, feel free to come and hear them speak about the real struggle of a wounded warrior.