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Unexpected Upon Arrival


November 04, 2018
By Harriet Nix

Did you feel you had been lied to, cheated or intentionally misled?

Have you ever been placed, much to your dismay, in a situation where the actual circumstances completely defied your expectations? How did you feel? Were you angry, confused, uncomfortable, or even fearful? Everyone has; in the military and otherwise. Did you feel you had been lied to, cheated or intentionally misled? Did you ever feel that the only mission you had was to stay alive?

We've all experienced that tangle of emotional distress at some point of our lives. It festers. It grows into anger; then disillusionment; then ultimately, ambivalence. Unless you have a means by which to free yourself of this conundrum, those internal grievances will stay with you: forever.

Please allow me to share with you, a soliloquy, from a Vietnam Veteran who wished not to speak of his conquests. He wished to share with us his disdain and emotional torment stemming from the untruths spoken regarding The Vietnam War. "Fake News" is not new; neither shall it ever grow old nor go away.

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I respect this gentleman for saying what he felt he had to say. He knew nothing of what Truman, Eisenhower or DeGaulle had discussed 20 years earlier. He knew only what the USMC and Walter Cronkite had to say at the time.

He had expected to be greeted as a welcomed liberator. He was seriously disappointed. Yet he fulfilled his duty. Any Vietnam Veteran knows that what I am about to say is true.

There are three sides to every coin; that which is truth, and thusly apparent, that which is deception and lies, and that which is the emotional outcome of being caught between the two.

I thank you Sir for sharing your thoughts with us. Your honesty and humility display a lesson for us all.

Peace.

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