“War is sweet to those who have not experienced it.” ― Quoted by Erasmus in his Adages
While in college in the early 2000’s I worked at a grocery store with a rather rough, calloused, and quiet individual. He had every habit that a good Christian college student was told to avoid. I tried to strike up conversation with him, but to no avail. My only clue to his backstory was his black leather jacket with the POW/MIA emblem on the back. One day I stopped him and timidly said “I want to thank you for your service in Vietnam.” I stood amazed as he told me through tears that in the 30 years since he came home from Vietnam, I was the first person to ever say that to him. He immediately added, “The ones who really deserve your thanks never came home.”
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