This is in response to the entry from Dub. I agree that none of us in the military during Viet Nam really like to think about it, yet it is a very important part of our lives. Fear, pumped up adrenalin, exhaustion, relief, anxiety. These are just some of the terms that come to mind.
I don't think modern day Americans can ever fully grasp the feeling of a GI returning from Viet Nam to be called names, have things thrown at them, and other unbecoming behavior. It's an experience no one should ever have to go through.
From anger and hate, I learned to pray for these people that they might find God in their hearts and know that soldiers, when called to do a job, just do it. That is all they can do. And many of these same soldiers daily asked God to get them through their turmoil and torment. None of them wanted to be in a war; but they honored the call to service and did the best they could in a very bad situation. No matter what you hear or is said, war is always Hell.
Many today are still suffering and were never given the care needed to return them to productive society. I pray for their deliverance from their torment daily through the grace of God.
And bless you for your service, Dub. God knows, he always knows.