I arrived in Vietnam in February 1968. American’s counteroffensive to the infamous Tet offensive was fully engaged. I turned 21 a month after arriving and found myself leading a platoon of mostly younger men through the jungle 12,000 miles from my home. I left Vietnam 28 years ago and still doubt that most Americans understand what we went through. I pray that my children will never have to take up arms to protect the liberties they and I cherish. But if they do, I hope they will be welcomed home with respect.
Tim Lickness, an attorney, lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area, with his wife and three children.