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Ask Amy: Veterans respond to tough homecomings

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Dear Amy: I’m an Army brat. People told me my dad was a baby killer when he was serving in Vietnam.

And in 1977, I was spit on when I was wearing my ROTC uniform on campus. I understand people want to believe that those things never happened, but they did.

Let’s never let that happen again.

– Proud to Serve

Dear Amy: It’s been 52 years since I came home from Vietnam. For the first 30 years or so after I came home, I didn’t tell anyone I was a Vietnam veteran because I didn’t want to be harassed or ridiculed, but not anymore.

No matter how unpopular the war was, I am proud of my time in the U.S Army Infantry, and I don’t care who knows it.

 

– Proud

Dear Amy: My mom was a nurse in Vietnam and always had mixed feelings about serving in the Army.

She was in the hospital seeking treatment near the end of her life, and the nurses and doctors found out that she was a veteran.

They started asking questions, and also thanking her.

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