THE VIETNAM ERA...HAVE WE FORGOTTEN?

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE READ LATELY

THE STORY OF THE STRUGGLES OF LOVED ONES LEFT BEHIND AND SEEKING CLOSURE
THE STORY OF THE STRUGGLES OF LOVED ONES LEFT BEHIND AND SEEKING CLOSURE

LEST WE FORGET

Much of our focus today is on the war on terrorism in the Middle East. Emails circulate about the war heroes of today, and the media is piping about the controversy of whether the Bush Administration made a mistake, or if the Obama idea of withdrawing troops from the Middle East is wise, etc.

As a teenager, I was a volunteer at the Vet Center in Tampa. It was a counseling center that was run by the VA Hospital. There were many Vietnam Era Veterans who came in there and told me horror stories about their experiences. There was one guy that was always tripping out over the ceiling fan, which was giving him flashbacks of helicopter blades. Most of their clients had Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which is explained here:

http://maketheconnection.net/conditions/ptsd?gclid=CO6h4aj8jLwCFZRr7AodizwAkw

All of the clients were struggling to survive. I remember one in particular that had an old Volkswagen that had so many holes in the gas tank that the poor guy had to get gas every few miles. It seemed funny then, but in hindsight, I can see how sad his plight really was. My dad's cousin was over there also and had to drag 55 gallon drums of gasoline into fields and light them on fire. He freaked out, and they sent him home.

I don't pretend to truly know, not even for a minute, what horrors veterans of any era have survived (or NOT survived), but I do feel that we should honor all who have fought for our freedom, not just those who are currently over there. There are also many families of military personnel who were killed in Vietnam, or just plain disappeared, that were never able to get closure. The pain they must feel should haunt us all. It seems they are all but forgotten in today's society.

I do know that they still have the "Moving Wall," and information about this wall can be found at http://www.themovingwall.org/ I think that men like John McCain, who were tortured and survived to tell about it should be given the utmost respect. He nearly gave his life for his country. He was lucky to survive.

Carol Jose, an author in Florida, helped write a book by Evelyn Grubb, entitled "You Are Not Forgotten," and this is the story of a woman whose husband was shot down and captured alive in January, 1966. You can find more about this book at http://www.yanfbook.com/

It was a very interesting book, hard to put down. It had a forward by Henry Kissinger. It seems that this Evelyn Grubb had fought for the families of the prisoners of war and those missing in action, never giving up. The book is an eye opener, and Carol Jose is available for interview, according to the website. This is a section I am publishing with their permission:

You Are Not Forgotten - A Family’s Quest for Truth and the Founding of the National League of Families of POW/MIA

By Evelyn Grubb and Carol Jose • Foreword by Henry Kissinger
• WINNER - 2009 Indie Book Award for History

A true story of enduring love and tragic loss, set in a deep and moving time of war and extreme socio-political upheaval. An inspiring account of individuals, citizens, celebrities and politicians, whose lives cross, each demanding accounting for, and humane treatment of, our POWs and MIAs. They never give up...together they create history.
“You Are Not Forgotten" relates in amazing detail the history of the National League of Families, a story that has needed telling. I’m grateful that now it has been told.”
—Phyllis Galanti, Chairman, National League of Families of American POW/MIA, 1972/1973
“Newk” Grubb, an American fighter pilot is shot down on a reconnaissance mission early in the war, photographed apparently in good shape when captured by the North Vietnamese, then vanishing into silence. Evie, Newk’s wife and mother of their four young children, along with other remarkable POW/MIA wives and mothers, display the true backbone of this country: the triumph of American spirit and perseverance over incredible adversity. Together they take on the world, stand up to every level of military command from Sergeant to Admiral, the American political establishment, foreign leaders and diplomats, and even the U.N. The sheer heart-wrenching determination of Evie Grubb and the wives and families of POW MIA's leads to dramatic changes in the treatment of military families by the authorities, the media, and the American public. “You Are Not Forgotten” is told by co-author Carol Jose through Evie’s eyes, from her heart.
“...would make John F. Kennedy proud — this is a real life “profile in courage” by a remarkable woman who never gave up even though her nation did.”
—Don Shepperd, Maj. Gen., USAF(ret), CNN Military Analyst
“You Are Not Forgotten” details the founding of The National League of Families of POW/MIA, it's journey to worldwide prominence. The League's symbol becomes the black and white U.S. POW/MIA flag. You’ll learn about that flag, how and why it was created. You will meet American heroes and heroines: Medal of Honor Navy pilot Vice-Admiral James Stockdale, Joe McCain, brother of Navy POW, John McCain, Henry Kissinger, H. Ross Perot, George H.W. Bush, Sybil Stockdale, Mary Hoff, Helen Brunstrom, Iris Powers, Joan Vinson, Phyllis Galanti — extraordinary Americans who together created history...each of them is a true American hero and now they, and so many other's will never be forgotten.
“What a moving testimony to the POW/MIA families. I found myself overcome with emotion, still today the Vietnam War evokes such strong feelings. Please know that reading “You Are Not Forgotten” touched me deeply and renewed my support for the POW/MIA issue still relevant today.”
—A. Klompus, Jacksonville, FL


It is so important that we not forget the past in our rush to meet the future. There are so many who have fallen, who have fought, and who have cried in our country's historical wars. Lest we forget, let us cry out, "YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN!"


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Tom Cornett 7 years ago from Ohio

Wonderful hub....thanks! :)


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thinking out loud 7 years ago

Excellent, it's a national disgrace how we left people behind and un- accounted for. Good job.


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maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

Nixon in Vietnam, Reagan in Lebanon, and Clinton in Somalia...sound familiar...it should, all were political appeasements for the then current geopolitical thinking...I have not forgotten Vietnam, nor the fine men I left behind..

If I have learned anything in my 71 years its that politicians will use expediency in any form to justify, promote, or strengthen their agendas...

Thank you for this informative and needed Hub...


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advisor4qb 7 years ago from On New Footing Author

MORE TO COME ON THIS SUBJECT. I have an interview with Carol Jose scheduled. I am very excited about that! She is also going to write something about a gathering she is about to go to in New York and let me post it here. Keep coming back! Feel free to email links to anyone who might be interested in the story of how the National League of Families came to be founded. I feel very privileged to be able to get this interview and share it with the world. She is a seasoned, professional writer who had already co-written a number of books on other subjects. I actually read one of them, entitled "The Consul," yet another book I could not put down (I love history!). This is going to be awesome!


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manlypoetryman 7 years ago from (Texas !) Boldly Writing Poems Where No Man Has Gone Before...

The plight of the Vietnam Vet...those who fought there...and gave their all there. Those that served in any capacity during this War deserve all honor and respect. Americans never leave anyone behind! It is hard to fathom that anyone in a resposible position would not do everything in their power to bring everyone home! This is a sad statement that appears to have occurred... How would those people feel if it were their loved one who was over there...and no one brought them home? (a sickening feeling to have to think) God be with all the families of MIA/POW's from that war..."They are not forgotten!" is something for them to hold on to for their loved one. I know I will not forget them.

"It is so important that we not forget the past in our rush to meet the future." Well said, advisor4qb...Thanks for writing this! And to all those that served our country during this war...Please allow me the honor to say, "Thank you for your service to us all!" From a step-father of a Fallen Marine.


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advisor4qb 7 years ago from On New Footing Author

Well said. Thank you.


Ghost32 5 years ago

I've certainly not forgotten, but then again, I'm a Vietnam Era vet myself. (NOT a VIETNAM vet; I was not sent in-country and have little use for those who claim they were without having actually been there.)

One thing I do know: As in any war, many of the injuries are not as visible as, say, a missing limb. In our small town, a friend and neighbor who was drafted in the same allotment with me DID go to 'Nam. He came back in one piece physically...but there was--I guess you could say, a darkness to his aura. His facial features were even deformed, literally twisted.

We've been in touch only rarely, but on occasion have reason to be in the same area, his brother being married to my sister. He did finally shake that darkness, and his facial features actually straightened back out.

But it took 32 years of living AFTER 'Nam to do that.

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