Movie sheds light on vets’ struggles

When I would go to a parade on holidays, I would see the veterans marching with their heads held high.

As they would pass the crowd, you could hear the clapping of hands and the people would thank them for their service.

When I returned home, the part of the parade I remembered most was when my granddaughter marched with a proud smile on her face, and my grandson with people in awe about how cute he looked with his battery-operated truck towing a battery-operated machine.

After I watched a movie, “Born on the Fourth of July,” I was ashamed of myself because I didn’t realize the hell these veterans have gone through.

When they returned home, everything they loved was changed. Our soldiers were not the same. Some came home without their limbs, others have to live in a wheelchair for the rest of their lives.

Mostly, they have to deal with mental anguish because of combat.

I salute with a sad heart that it took a movie for me to really appreciate the hell they went through and the horrible memories that won’t go away.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I will have a different outlook when I see our servicemen anywhere — the ones who gave part of themselves for me to live in a free country.

When I see on TV asking for donations for the disabled veterans, I am ashamed of our politicians or whoever is in charge, for not putting our brave men’s welfare before anything or anyone.

If you have time, watch the R-rated movie, “Born on the Fourth of July.”

I assure you that you will really appreciate what these men have done for us.

Dorothy Cavalet



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