The Military Desk
By: SA ROBERT EARL HUTCHINSON, USACIDC RETIRED
“Sweet Jesus, my sweet Jesus, I pray for we Nam Vets.
Lord, Grant us the Grace to forgive our fellow Americans, ever if we shall never forget. Please, never again Lord Jesus, never again”.
THE LOST GENERATION – THE VIETNAM VETERAN
How did we find ourselves, the “Black Sheep”, not to be spoken about and forgotten. Let’s open our history books.
The classified date of the Combat Mission in Viet Nam is unknown. When it actually started has never been officially released. The first casualty acknowledged by the DOD was a KIA on June 8, 1956; T-Sgt. Richard B. Fitzgibbon Jr., Military Assistance Group. MACV had started. Special Ops Troups Advisers, in a “Private War”. Let’s see, who was the President in 1956? Gen, Dwight D. Eisenhower, who assisted in the development of the Para-Military version of today's CIA. I guess he just could not leave that covert war alone.
A high tech boat manned by Army Security Agency folks, working in the Gulf and got their butts caught; with the bad press, a Resolution, and the Official Conflict started August 5, 1964. Approximately 11 years later, on May 7, l975, the Conflict was declared over by President Richard M. Nixon.
The lies and myths spread by the MSM about the conflict, that got the people in the streets, were transferred to the Vets. The total number in the US Military assigned to Active Duty at the time was 9,087,000. Assigned to The Nam were 2,709,918, including approximately 75,000 partially disabled,
23,241 100% disabled (With the number growing every day) and 58,260 came home in "Body Bags", some of the bodies packed with narcotics. We left over 1,800 Americans behind and billions in weapons and war related gear. The real Khaki Mafia is a topic for another day.
“When Johnny Comes Marching Home”
A warmer welcome, than was received at the Airports, will not be received in Hell. I had the pleasure of going “hand-to-hand” in the San Francisco Airport. No official “Welcome Home” by the U. S. Government, to this day! NASCAR and the NC State Officials at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on March 31, 2012, gave the only major event held in “The land of the free, home of the brave” dedicated to the Military from North Carolina.
The disabled were not met by any organizations to assist them. The VA was less than effective and have gotten worse in the last 4 years. Average 18 to 24 months to process a Nam Vet Agent Orange claim! Why does the U. S. Government want to forget us? We were there when the population refused to personally defend their Country. USA – Were we the “hired help?” ; you used us and then kicked us out of the house!
I am glad the troops of today are receiving a completely different welcome than we did by the public and the MSM. We should be grateful, that during approximately the same time of engagement, the stats were not even close.
If the Service Medical Rehab units and the VA were doing their jobs, we would not need the good people, at Wounded War groups. Think about it. The Vets having to beg for the money for treatment? What happens when, not if, all hell breaks wide open in the Middle East and Africa? Where will the troops come from and how will they be treated when they come home?
REH “Black Sheep”