Thursday, November 17, 2011

Military Memories 2

My father was in the Army and served in Vietnam. Even in high school I would read books about Vietnam and biographies from platoon leaders during that conflict. Finally, after my first deployment, I felt as if I could understand some little scrap of what he went through. It was something, but not enough...

Southeast and Southwest

Similar -
but vastly different
You went your way;
I went mine

Southeast Asia -
No choices;
no support

Three tours -
such a long time
Making changes;
some you saw then and some now

Southwest Asia -
I asked to go;
support is waning

Sixty days -
not long enough
Making changes;
using what I've learned
to prepare for the next time.

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