The Vets did a lot more than just defend ther wall, they also showed their countrymen that the stereotype of them as burned-out street people is yet another bogus media constuct. These men have obviously made comfortable, successful, and dignified civilian lives for themselves.
Maybe it is the first step to not just restoring the image of the Vets themselves, but also their mission. Had we not stood against Communism in Vietnam, all of South East Asia would have fallen to the scourge. Ask a Thai or a Filipino if he thinks that it was “all for nothing”.
I still remember my “progressive” college years; it was the ’80’s and I had a friend who was a Reagan Republican. I used to razz him all the time about his views. We were watching the Berlin wall come down, and I said “Where’s your domino theory now?” I will never forget his reply.
“The domino theory still holds, we just pushed back harder and they fell the other way.”
Thanks, Nam Vets, for all we have and all we are.]]>