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a very powerful story. one of my brothers served on a road crew in vietnam. i have never heard him talk of any of it.
By: TexWisGirl on November 11, 2013
A well written tribute to Paul, his fellow comrades and to all those who have served their respective countries. In Canada and in all Commonwealth nations we refer to this day as Remembrance Day. We were Allies and today we Remember those served and fallen together.
By: Daniel LaFrance on November 11, 2013
Powerful stuff. It highlights the importance of helping soldiers adapt back to normal life, something we are not very good at in America saying mostly that they should just suck it up and move on.
By: PT Dilloway on November 11, 2013
I cry for Paul AND that little boy!!
By: fishducky on November 11, 2013
Thanks for sharing this moving story. It's the most profound entry for Veteran's day I've come across today.
By: Michael Offutt on November 11, 2013
Heartbreaking. Love, Janie
By: Janie Junebug on November 11, 2013
Thanks for sharing, it's stories like this that remind us just how lucky we are
By: Hey Monkey Butt on November 11, 2013
Thanks for the moving story. So many Veterans don't get the respect they deserve.
By: David Walston on November 11, 2013
An extraordinarily powerful post. William Tecumseh Sherman nailed it when he said "War is hell!" Men and women who have been to war are due a great measure of support and respect.
By: Tom Cochrun on November 11, 2013
An incredibly moving, wrenching story. I am eternally grateful to people like Paul, who have sacrificed so much.
By: Shelly on November 11, 2013
The hidden scars are the worst.
By: Tabor on November 11, 2013
It makes me wonder why so many people can be callous toward these heroes.
By: mimi on November 11, 2013
To piggyback on Tom's comment, Robert E. Lee had this to say at Fredricksburg (I'm paraphrasing): "It's a good thing that war is so terrible lest we grow fond of it." Amen.
By: Al Penwasser on November 11, 2013
A very moving story. I can't even imagine how someone could get past such an experience.
By: Pixel Peeper on November 11, 2013
paul, like that young boy has suffered greatly at the hands of those who began these wars. we simply must do a better job of diplomacy and of caring for the men and women we send so cavalierly into battle. i thank paul for his service. i wish him healing and peace, which i am sure may seem elusive.
By: lime on November 11, 2013
Your words are incredibly moving, telling this story on Veteran's Day. THANK YOU to Paul and every other vet who served and made me safe.
By: Bouncin Barb on November 11, 2013
My stepson did three tours in Iraq, as a Sgt. with the Army National Guard, clearing IEDs every day. He is fortunate that the only physical damage was to his hearing. He used to talk of getting a tattoo with the initials of the men he lost. As the number grew, he stopped talking.
By: Val on November 11, 2013
That's a story that is much more common than we think. As in Paul's case the story could have remained untold.
By: red on November 11, 2013
War is such a terrible thing, thank you for sharing this story.
By: John on November 12, 2013
Wow, that is such a powerful story. My brother served 4 tours in Viet Nam and came home a very different person than the brother I knew when he left in 1968. In October of 1971 when he came home, soldiers were treated very ugly and it didn't help him to make forget with 3+ years,or the events that led to a Purple Heart and a Silver Cross. . He managed to regroup and have a good life but he too is still haunted by things that happened there.
By: Cheryl P. on November 12, 2013
i find it sad that after thousands of years we still haven't found a way of solving our problems without fighting - this story really underlines the grim reality and horror of war - thank you for sharing and making me think
By: dont feed the pixies on November 13, 2013
By: The Bug on November 14, 2013
Stephen: I believe our awareness of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder arose from young men who served in Vietnam. This was a very heartfelt post!
By: Michael Manning on November 14, 2013
A very powerful post, Stephen. I can't imagine the horror of that experience. Paul would have been haunted even more deeply if he had killed that child.
By: Hilary on November 15, 2013
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