Recently I read with pride the article and captioned photos of veterans who took the 50th Honor Flight. I was one of the Vietnam War veterans fortunate enough to be on last October’s 48th flight.
Trust me when I say there are no finer words conveyed to veterans than “Thank you for your service.”
Coming from a family which included three boys, I was the only one called upon to defend our country. Higher rank and accumulated medals were earned. President Johnson was my commander-in-chief. Did he have our backs as soldiers? Debatable. Personally enveloped within the Tet Offensive. I still believe he thought that enemy assault was a term used to describe a play concocted by Lombardi for the Super Bowl.
Today our commander-in-chief is President Trump. People deride him for his loyalty to our troops. He has their backs, and I feel it is a two-way street. I sense immediate closing of eyes, ears and minds with this personal revelation. I’d venture to say most VOP contributors never tasted enemy air or notched a short timer’s stick as a reminder of days left “in country.” Some may find it hard to fathom a soldier living with fear and prayer.
It’s time we stop squabbling over politics and devote more time to honoring our troops — past and present. They’re the life blood of our freedom. Everything needs sustenance to live, and Trump provides those nutrients to our military forces and conversely — our own freedom. God bless the USA.