by Allen West via Facebook
Many across our nation are commemorating today as the 50th anniversary of the start of the Vietnam War. It was a protracted conflict, with US involvement spanning 1950 to 1973. Over 2 million US warriors served in uniform in Vietnam – including my older brother, who was wounded at Khe Sanh. The conflict took the lives of 58,148 American troops.
But it was a war our government did not have as a goal to win.
Today, we remember and salute all those who selflessly risked their lives – or lost their lives, “all gave some, some gave all.” And we must ensure we never commit our American warriors into harm’s way without the full support of our nation, clear objectives from the government that sends them, and a resolute Commander-in-Chief who will stand by them, not political interests.
May I recommend to all reading this post to read the book, “We were Soldiers Once and Young” or watch the movie this weekend, and remember while those young men and women went into the jungles, there were some who never allowed them back into their hearts.