Homeless Vets: Brothers under the bridge

Over 67,000 veterans are homeless on any given night

The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans is the resource and technical assistance center for a national network of community-based service providers and local, state and federal agencies that provide emergency and supportive housing, food, health services, job training and placement assistance, legal aid and case management support for hundreds of thousands of homeless veterans each year.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) states the nation’s homeless veterans are predominantly male, with roughly five percent being female. The majority of them are single; come from urban areas; and suffer from mental illness, alcohol and/or substance abuse, or co-occurring disorders. About one-third of the adult homeless population are veterans.

America’s homeless veterans have served in World War II, the Korean War, Cold War, Vietnam War, Grenada, Panama, Lebanon, Afghanistan and Iraq (OEF/OIF), and the military’s anti-drug cultivation efforts in South America. Nearly half of homeless veterans served Continue reading

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Just say NO! to propaganda

Vietnam War propaganda newspaper articleThe text reads:

TO G.I.’S in Quang-tri, Thua-thien, Hue!

The Vietnamese people are fighting against the aggressive, unjust Johnson’s war for independence and freedom. The Vietnamese people and their strong armed forces have inflicted upon the one million odd Yanks and their lackeys heavy losses.

Hundred thousands Yanks died in Vietnam. The highway 9 and Quang-tri, Thua-thein are…

the graveyard of the U.S. troops and the mercenaries from U.S. satellites.

G.I’s! Don’t be stupid enough to sacrifice yourself uselessly for the selfish and dirty interests of Johnson. Your happiness is not to be found in Vietnam, but in your sweet home in the U.S.A.

G.I’S!

-Refuse to carry out criminal orders! Say NO to raiding, burning, destroying, killing!

-Refuse battle! Demand to be sent home!

_When attacked, let be captured, and you will be granted leniency and treated with humanity.

The Tri-Thien. Hue’s L.A.F.

Referencing Tri-Thien-Hue Military Region in Quang Tri and Thua Thien provinces


Vietnam War engraved Zippo: Come on baby, light my fire

My dad and his platoon happened upon a VC weapons cache; by ‘happened’ I mean they ambushed a VC convoy. He took a rifle and with the proper paperwork was allowed to take it Stateside when his tour was over. For years I was told that when he died I could do whatever I like with any of his possessions but never ever give away or sell that rifle-a Chinese Type-53 Mosin Nagant, Caliber 7.62, Model 1954. He saved all the paperwork-applications, customs forms, weapons registration, etc., which had nothing to do with nostalgia and more to do with making sure he had everything documented; all his ducks in a row as he liked to say. I promised him I would keep it and I did.

Yet out of everything he held onto from the Vietnam War-letters, papers, photos, gear, etc.-none of it means as much to me as his engraved Zippo.

It’s a 1967 Continue reading

Operation Wallowa

Machine Gunner Cites Tough AO [area of operations], Cavalair Article, by SP5 Don Graham, date unknown

Machine Gunner Cites Tough AO, Cavalair Article, by SP5 Don GrahamLZ ROSS–For seven and a half months, SP4 Grady Gregory carried a machine gun for the 1st Air Cavalry Division‘s Third Brigade.

Most guys get tired of carrying the 25-pound M-60 after a while, but Gregory has not. “It’s a little heavy once in a while,” he says, “but by now I wouldn’t know how to carry anything else.”

Gregory grew attached to his machine gun when, Continue reading