Letters to the Editor

Vietnam veterans deserve better

Thank you Judy Gustafson for your nice letter entitled “Vietnam Veterans should be honored for their services.” Although I’ve heard it all many times.

We were treated like her story says. I spent one year, three months, and six days in ‘Nam. And was treated very badly when I came home. So badly that when we stopped at the Iowa City McDonalds, I took off my uniform jacket and hat to avoid slander or worse. The job market was even worse if you were a Vietnam veteran. So I had to go back to my previous employer and they screwed me out of one and a half weeks of earned vacation. Also the figing and the name callings were plenty. It is so sad to say, but I still have nightmares about Vietnam. But it isn’t only the public that treated us badly. The Veterans Hospital wasn’t any better. Their treatment was and still is very, very poor. I could go on and on. But I can’t blame anyone, but myself. I enlisted in the U.S. Army. They sent me to Germany against my wishes and I had to volunteer for Vietnam. And then extended my tour for over three months to get and early discharge from the Army. That was all about 48 years ago and I still have nightmares.

Loran Bender

Cedar Rapids

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