Thank you to service members, families

Editor:

It has been a tuff week for our nation and the people of Afghanistan, and especially the young men and women that have served over the past 20 years in what I have heard referred to as a miserable patch of rocks called Afghanistan.

Regardless of how we stand on the policies and politics of our nation on Afghanistan, we need to take the time and effort to thank not only the veterans but also the families who served and sacrificed so much.

I remember watching the fall of Saigon two years after I came home from Vietnam and how it broke my heart and how much in human capital it had cost.

As I watched the tragedy unfold last week in Afghanistan, it brought back a lot of old feelings and what looked like a replay of what I had watched over 45 years earlier take place in Vietnam. The similarities of the two wars are very similar, excepting the geography.

To all those who served in both efforts, I offer heartfelt thanks for a job well done. To my fellow service men and women, I say you won all the battles; how it ended goes against governmental policy. You did your job; it’s a shame the politicians and diplomats didn’t do theirs.

I remember a saying posted in a mess hall in Vietnam. It went like this:

“You have never lived until you have almost died. For those who fight for it, life has a flavor the protected will never know.”

I don’t know what history will say about the last 20 years in Afghanistan but what I can say to the vets that sacrificed so much – I, and your country, are proud of you and thank you. Just sayin!

Don Siegalkoff