Today’s Case of the Week comes from our Hartselle, AL office written by Mike Johnson.
Recently we had a Vietnam Veteran come to our office accompanying, another vet who was 91, and applying for assistance. The first thing that we noticed was the Vietnam Veteran’s hat which had Bronze Star Recipient emblazoned on it. We asked him what his Star was for, and he simply said, “I ran the wrong way.” We left it at that.
Our office manager then asked the same question a little later, to which he responded: “I saved my whole unit, I went to the rear with some grenades and a rifle to buy time them to get away.”
We told him thank you for your service, knowing that there were no parades or public fanfare for those returning from Vietnam. It has always bothered us that these veterans were largely mistreated upon their return home, so whenever we get a chance to express our thanks for their service, we do so wholeheartedly. Luckily our position at Veterans’ Outreach enables us to encounter more of these Vietnam era heroes. This veteran is a true hero. We are so happy and honored to have met him.