Creation Of Vietnam
the Lord was creating Vietnam veterans, He was into His 6th day of overtime
when an angel appeared.
certainly doing a lot of fiddling around on this one."
God said, "Have you seen the specs on this order? A Nam vet has to be
able to run 5 miles through the bush with a full pack on, endure with barely
any sleep for days, enter tunnels his higher ups wouldn't consider doing, and
keep his weapons clean and operable.
has to be able to sit in his hole all night during an attack, hold his buddies
as they die, walk point in unfamiliar territory known to be VC infested, and
somehow keep his senses alert for danger.
has to be in top physical condition existing on c-rats and very little rest.
And he has to have 6 pairs of hands."
angel shook his head slowly and said, "6 pair of hands....no way."
Lord say's "It's not the hands that are causing me problems. It's the 3
pair of eyes a Nam vet has to have."
on the standard model?" asked the angel.
Lord nodded. "One pair that sees through elephant grass, another pair
here in the side of his head for his buddies, another pair here in front that
can look reassuringly at his bleeding, fellow soldier and say, "You'll
make it" ... when he knows he won't.
rest, and work on this tomorrow."
can't," said the Lord. "I already have a model that can carry a
wounded soldier 1,000 yards during a firefight, calm the fears of the latest
FNG, and feed a family of 4 on a grunt's paycheck."
angel walked around the model and said, "Can it think?"
bet," said the Lord. "It can quote much of the UCMJ, recite all his
general orders, and engage in a search and destroy mission in less time than
it takes for his fellow Americans back home to discuss the morality of the
War, and still keep his sense of humor."
Nam vet also has phenomenal personal control. He can deal with ambushes from
hell, comfort a fallen soldier's family, and then read in his hometown paper
how Nam vets are baby killers, psychos, addicts, killers of innocent
Lord gazed into the future and said, "He will also endure being vilified
and spit on when he returns home, rejected and crucified by the very ones he
the angel slowly ran his finger across the vet's cheek, and said,
"There's a leak...I told you that you were trying to put too much into
not a leak", said the Lord. "That's a tear."
the tear for?" asked the angel.
for bottled up emotions, for holding fallen soldiers as they die, for
commitment to that funny piece of cloth called the American flag, for the
terror of living with PTSD for decades after the war, alone with it's demons
with no one to care or help."
a genius," said the angel, casting a gaze at the tear.
lord looked very somber, as if seeing down eternity's distant shores.
didn't put it there," he said.
THE VIET NAM VET
It's a very unique club -
I see it everywhere -
I see man embracing man -
A tear that says, "I care!".
There's a special look in eyes
That words cannot explain -
I see joy for this life -
Sometimes the living pain.
There's a camaraderie
That's very rare these days -
They let it show without shame
In so many different ways.
I wasn't there, (thank the Lord.)
So I can't really know -
I can only sense and feel
Those things which I see show.
The patience, understanding -
Which only they can feel -
There is something very special
And something very real.
"WHAT IS A VIETNAM VETERAN?"
A college student posted a request on an internet
newsgroup asking for personal narratives from the likes of us addressing
the question: "What is a Vietnam Veteran?" This is what I
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