by~ Geraldine “The Jet” Denson, (Ron’s Mom)
RON’S MOM! On “WRITTEN IN STONE”
In Response to Ron Brown’s post, “Written in Stone”
I just finished reading a most interesting post by my son, Ron! I always enjoy reading these post but this one hit so very close to home. I believe that the words stated by him as being ” written on the wall” may soon come to fruition.
Before I get into what I would like to add in response to his post, allow me to quote him here. This quote inspired my response. “These options will be the death of the “all volunteer force; mandatory service obligation (the draft) will be at the forefront of the solution to the manning problem; then EVERYONE can lace up their boots”.
And I add, prepare to hit the ground. Keep these words in mind as I continue.
I am the mother of Ron, a retired serviceman of the Air Force and I am also the spouse of a disabled vet of the U.S. Army. Specifically, The Vietnam War. Ron has described a small amount of his plight, which is reprehensible because he volunteered his services dutifully, with a certain set of expectations.
Even though these promises were met to a certain degree they were not totally what he expected and was promised. Ron entered service under the all-volunteer force. He did this out of a feeling of obligation to dutifully serve his country.
My spouse dutifully served his military time because he was drafted! He had no choice. On a personal note, he became “boots on the ground” by immediately being sent to Vietnam. He was young—19 years old—and may have felt that he was serving his country and had no idea of what he was up against.
He was very nearsighted and had to go into this battle practically blind. Overall, conditions in Vietnam caused my spouse, as well as other soldiers, to suffer from low morale and become angered. Many fell into a fog of drugs. A majority began to smoke marijuana to try to ignore the horrors of the hell they were living in.
These casualties of the men they had become close with hurt them more than they could handle. They fought for their country, yet their country did not support them. Their lives had turned into a nightmare, and the war in Vietnam could never be forgotten.
The Vietnam terrain was full of jungles, covered with booby traps and dense brush. There was constant heat, humidity, torrents of rain, and many different kinds of dangerous animals. The soldiers ended up becoming ill and injured due to the environment?
In villages, it was hard for American troops to determine who were the enemies, because even women and children could help build traps, or house and feed the Vietcong. Vietnamese mothers would often hand off their baby to an American soldier, or a little boy would walk up to a soldier, and a grenade would explode off the child.
For reasons like this, Americans were forced to kill civilians even if they had no proof that they were for sure the enemies, because there was no definite way to tell. Because of this, U.S. soldiers were often yelled at as “baby killers.”
Upon returning home from war, my spouse still struggled for many years; trying to maintain jobs, and battle failing health due to exposure to the deadly “agent orange”, he eventually became almost completely disabled. Even then, he was still battling a war.
Although he has been somewhat cared for because of the injuries he sustained during the war, he still has to bear civilians making statements such as, ” you’re just beating the government out of their money.” Really?
So, with the belief that Ron’s forecast will eventually become a reality, once again, I ‘ll reprint his quote, “These options will be the death of the ‘all volunteer force’; mandatory service obligation (the draft) will be at the forefront of the solution to the manning problem; then EVERYONE can lace up their boots; simple logic, simple math.”
Thankfully both my sons have dutifully served their country and no longer have further obligations as far as war is concerned, but they do have sons! Won’t this be a sad state of affairs for them, my other grandsons, as well as many others!!