TO THE WINNERS
I wish to congratulate the recently elected officers. I
almost said "winners,'' but then I think everyone running
for office is a winner, even if he lost. I really appreciate
those who can still move and communicate and help legislate
what is needed for us disabled and incapacitated veterans
who cannot move much beyond the four walls of a house for
adults, a nursing home, or a hospital.
We are entering the holiday season again. If you haven't
done it before, why not join in a visitation of some of your
sick or incapacitated veteran buddies or acquaintances?
Thank you for keeping the flame alive.
John L. Simson
If all Vietnam veterans read the speech Paul Bucha made at
the VVA National Convention [printed in the August/September
issue], I think they would get out and vote and get us a
president who would not go to war anywhere except to defend
this great land we have right here.
No more wars. Support VA funding.
Larry L. May
GET OUT AND VOTE
I've just finished reading for the second time Paul Bucha's
outstanding speech to this year's VVA Convention. Reading
between the lines, there's so much more in his message.
First is the fact that politicians keep track of everything.
They know how many people are expected at any given event.
They "tune'' their appearances to these figures. Hence, the
611 delegates in St. Louis would be considered small
potatoes by most of them.
Secondly, governments - both state and national - keep track
of our deaths and the projected rate thereof. They know our
membership numbers in each state. Veterans as a whole do not
present a united front. Therefore, we do not form a
significant block of votes. We are getting lost in the dust
when it comes to being recognized as politically important
to any state or national candidate's chances of victory in
While we can't wear the uniform anymore or shoulder arms, we
need to go to battle one more time to take back what we're
losing on an almost daily basis. All of us who've worn any
uniform, no matter our age, have a stake in what happens to
us. And we need to get it together now!
I'd like to suggest that all veterans groups print in their
next magazine a full page in red, white, and blue that says:
VETS VOTE! It should be taken out of the magazine and placed
in the windows of cars and kept there until November. Make
them uniform, make them prominent, and make them available
to every veteran. We need to let the country know we're
still a force that has a say in what happens. And we'd
better do it soon.
ACCURACY IN MEDIA
A fellow 5th Special Forces Group veteran of Vietnam sent me
the August/September issue because we were in the battle
area during the period of the siege of Ben Het. I knew most
of the individuals named in the article and found the writer
to be quite accurate.
I served as the II Corps Mike Force Task Force Lien
commander at Dak To for about six weeks until I was assigned
to the 5th Battalion, whereupon I served in the field with
that team, at Ben Het and elsewhere, until I returned home
in January 1970.
Please let John Prados know that I found his article
interesting and for the most part accurate. I regularly get
together with other Mike Force vets and have passed the
article on to them.
Christopher E. McClure