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  •  Thanks for taking the time to explain this. (1+ / 0-)
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    DaNang65

    It seems Sgt. Hack is appropriately named, eh?

    I suppose I should not be surprised that all the inaccuracies exist today regarding Vietnam considering the lies and deceptions from beginning to end concerning our involvement there.  I'm not naive enough to think we didn't lie about the other wars, but to me it seems that historically the Vietnam war was the biggest pig they applied lipstick to.

    As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

    by JaxDem on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 08:18:03 AM PST

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    •  Just as a lens through which to view those (2+ / 0-)
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      JaxDem, BOHICA

      "statistics," how many deaths from overdose are actually suicide? How many one car accidents? How many exposure deaths? Those are all categories in which Viet Nam veterans died at statistically significantly higher rates than either our age cohort peers who never served or who served but not in Viet Nam.

      Perhaps it's no coincidence that the mortality study of OEF/OIF veterans is being done by the VA and not the CDC. In legal circles they call it "forum shopping."

      “Perhaps the most 'spiritual' thing any of us can do is simply to look through our own eyes, see with eyes of wholeness, and act with integrity and kindness.” Jon Kabat-Zinn

      by DaNang65 on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 08:43:36 AM PST

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    •  Some of that personal experience (1+ / 0-)
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      here.

      “Perhaps the most 'spiritual' thing any of us can do is simply to look through our own eyes, see with eyes of wholeness, and act with integrity and kindness.” Jon Kabat-Zinn

      by DaNang65 on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 08:50:15 AM PST

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      •  Reading that took my breath away (2+ / 0-)
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        DaNang65, BOHICA

        and made me cry.  Well done piece, DaNang.  Very well done.

        As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

        by JaxDem on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 09:21:18 AM PST

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        •  Thank you. (2+ / 0-)
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          JaxDem, BOHICA

          I'm not just prattling about some b.s. I heard down at the bar.

          “Perhaps the most 'spiritual' thing any of us can do is simply to look through our own eyes, see with eyes of wholeness, and act with integrity and kindness.” Jon Kabat-Zinn

          by DaNang65 on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 09:23:24 AM PST

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