Reflections of a Combat Solider

As one of several thousand soldiers, who was sent to Vietnam in the early 60’s to fight against the communist insurgents became the bedrock of my social ills and struggles after returning back state side. As we became the scapegoats, of a society which distanced themselves from us.

Even our wives and loved ones were quick to recognize the large demonstrations that were geared to troops returning homes, was a show of hate and indifference from those who looked upon us as soldiers without a country.  For those who were at war in Nam, made it a point to bury their pain of isolation and grief as they forged ahead.  We have all cried and have wondered why did God bring us back from this war.  I want to make it very clear to all of my friends, that had it not been for our wives, children or significant others, we would not have made it.

Finally in 1 Peter 3:7 “Likewise ye husbands dwell with them according to knowledge giving honor unto the wife as unto the weaker vessel and as being heirs together of the grace of life that your prayers be not hindered.”  There is no doubt in my mind had it not been for my wife’s prayers, I would have never made it.

Richard Jenkins, DAV Department Chaplain

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