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Memorial Day

By Remy Benoit

For all of you who have served, for those of you in service now, thank you.

These are messages from fellow Veterans to you.

HI REMY

HOPE ALL IS WELL WITH YOU AND THE FAMILY.
REMY HAS BEEN ONE OF THE FEW PEOPLE THAT I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO TALK TO ABOUT MY FEELINGS ABOUT 'NAM AND NOT BE JUDGED. JUST WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE REMY AND LET EVERYONE KNOW WHAT A GREAT FRIEND YOU HAVE BEEN.

MEMORIAL DAY UNFORTUNATELY IS MOSTLY A VERY SAD DAY FOR US VETERANS AND FOR THE FAMILES THAT LOST THEIR LOVE ONES IN 'NAM. I ALSO REMEMBER SOME GOOD TIMES AND WOULD LIKE TO FIND SOME OF MY BUDDIES LIKE BMORE, MOBLEY FROM BROOKLY, MCLEAN FROM CHESTER,PA, SEALS FROM NEW ORLEANS, DUTCH FROM DETROIT, EZ FROM TEXAS, AND MORALES (DR FEELGOOD) FROM BROOKLYN. I KNOW I FORGOT A FEW OF MY BROTHERS AND THAT'S WHAT TICKES ME OFF THAT I CAN'T REMEMBER.

WELCOME HOME BROTHER AND MAY YOUR MEMORIAL DAY BE A PAINLESS AS POSSIBLE.

AL MARTINEZ
25TH DIV 3/22 DELATA CO
4/1/68 TO 3/31/69

My name is Harry Kieninger.
I was a combat medic in 'Nam in '67.
Many wounded.
I tried my best to help and did help some, but lost many.

Those days are 37 years in my past but I see them and feel grief inside everyday as though it was yesterday.

I was very emotionally sick in year 2000 and was going to end it all with pills and alcohol but I received a letter from a lady in Louisiana ordering a copy of the book I had written.
She said nice things to me and made me know that I was worth something.
I found strength to keep living.


I doctor recently ask me how often I thought of Vietnam.
I told him it was all in my mind and spirit every day, all day, and even invades my sleep often.


I have illness caused by that war and am on VA benefits.
I lost close friends to landmines, gunshots, and mortars.
My heart weeps for them much, but I know someday we'll meet again.
I don't know where or when but I know someday we will meet again.

To all I say this: when you have contact with a person who has suffered war just remember that he is different; he carries pain that won't go away.

So be kind to him, don't hurt him with words or actions.
He has earned the right to feel respect.

From me to you I wish you a good holiday and peace in everyday of your life.
Thanks for reading my words,
Harry Kieninger,
Combat Medic
When Can We Come Home? Understanding the Viet Nam Veteran.

I am so frustrated by the fact that the human race has still not learned to resolve conflict without going to war.

We appear to have learned little from the sadness of History. I cannot accept the premise that we must kill each other as a solution to serious disagreement. It cannot be that God approves this form of resolution.

Al Beck Korean War Veteran

Blessings to all,
Remy

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