In the Saturday, August 8, 2014 edition of USA Today there was an article entitled "PTSD still dogs Vietnam veterans - Study finds for many, ''the war is not over' " by Gregg Zoroya.- "Scientists estimate that ore than 283,000 Vietnam veterans - men and a few hundred women now beyond the age of retirement - still suffer post-traumatic stress disorder from their war experiences in Southeast Asia.
After perusing the article, I went out to work on the fence on our property. Fence repair doesn't require a lot of thought, just fixing the bad spots, which allows one's mind to wander and ponder several items. I recalled my return to the United States from overseas duty in 1966. I remembered a group of us, walking down a street and being "spit upon" for no reason other than we were representatives of the United States Air Force. It was a great welcome home.
My mind then wandered into the political arena. Finally, I realized one truth about Representative Steve King, he definitely was not suffering from PTSD from the Vietnam War, because he is a bonafide Vietnam War draft dodger.
Then I was intrigued as to why the people of Western Iowa would elect a Vietnam War draft dodger to be their representative in the US House of Representatives. I could not come up with an answer, because this attitude was totally different from the Western Iowa that I grew up in.
The American Legion defines the Vietnam War dates as: February 28, 1961 - May 7, 1975.
The more I thought about the situation, I finally arrived at a conclusion. Every vote for Representative Steve King is akin to spitting on the graves of the 58,261 killed in action and the spitting on the 1,643 listed as missing in action. It is also akin to spitting on the graves of all who returned from Vietnam and have since died. It is akin to spitting on the graves off all who served in the US military from 1961 until May 7, 1975 and have since died. It is akin to spitting in the face of every Vietnam veteran who still lives. It is akin to spitting in the face of every member of the US armed forces who served from 1961 through 1975. In the last election 200,063 voters "spit" for Steve King. How many Iowans will "spit" for Steve King this November?
I also take this moment to remember these four who are named on the Vietnam Wall: William Murre Christensen, LCDR Navy, Great Falls, Montana; William Ray Christensen, Sgt Army, Elgin, Illinois; William B Christenson, CWO Army, North Plainfield, New Jersey; and William Lee Christenson, Sgt Army, St Paul Park, Minnesota.
In closing, "Thank You" Robin Williams for "Good Morning Vietnam" and a host of others.