“ITS ABOUT TIME SOMEONE TOOK ON ALL THOSE FAKES.”
Remembering “Stolen Valor”
MY COMPLIMENTS ON A LONG OVERDUE article. As a Vietnam veteran, I have long thought it was strange that so many people thought that we are a bunch of homeless, drug-addicted, criminal recidivists, I, like most of the veterans of that sad venture, am a fairly successful individual, have been married for 30 years to the same woman, and have never been a criminal or used drugs. I heartily salute Mr. Burkett for a long overdue book and hope that more people take it to heart.
It has gotten bad enough that at times I have avoided telling people that I am a Vietnam vet and sometimes even that I served in the military. Perhaps we can regain our honor and be considered images of valor, and the heroes of our war honored as they deserve.
Jim Wright Kent, WA
IT’S ABOUT TIME SOMEONE TOOK ON ALL those fakes who cash in on the valor of real Vietnam veterans and perpetuate all the inaccuracies we Vietnam veterans have had to live with all these years. I’m proud to have served from 1968 through 1970 as an Army advisor in Advisory Team 89, Phouc Tuy Province. I salute all my fellow Vietnam vets, especially the “grunts” who took the brunt of combat, and to Mr. Burkett for his work “Stolen Valor.”
Richard B.C. Tom
Oxon Hill, MD
IT WAS WITH GREAT INTEREST THAT I READ “Stolen Valor.” Being a Vietnam-era veteran (1969-1973), I have numerous friends who fought in the war, and they have accomplished much with their lives.
I have always been somewhat suspicious of all the negative comments about how Vietnam veterans were over-represented as “down and outs.” My colleagues have accomplished much. Certainly, this is not to detract from those who have suffered or given their lives. In fact, two of my relatives have their names on the Wall.
JAMES R MORROW, JR., PH.D.
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