Creating Vietnam Veterans

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When the Lord was creating Vietnam veterans, He was into
His 6th day of overtime when an angel appeared. "You're
certainly doing a lot of fiddling around on this one."

And God said, "Have you seen the specs on this order?
A Nam vet has to be able to run 5 miles through the bush
with a full pack on, endure with barely any sleep for days,
enter tunnels his higher ups wouldn't consider doing, and
keep his weapons clean and operable.

He has to be able to sit in his hole all night during an attack,
hold his buddies as they die, walk point in unfamiliar territory
known to be VC infested, and somehow keep his senses
alert for danger.

He has to be in top physical condition existing on c-rats and
very little rest. And he has to have 6 pairs of hands." The
angel shook his head slowly and said, "6 pair of

The Lord say's "It's not the hands that are causing me
problems.... It's the 3 pair of eyes a Nam vet has to have."
"That's on the standard model?" asked the angel.

The Lord nodded. "One pair that sees through elephant
grass, another pair here in the side of his head for his
buddies, another pair here in front that can look reassuringly
at his bleeding, fellow soldier and say, "You'll make
it".......when he knows he won't.

"Lord, rest, and work on this tomorrow."

"I can't," said the Lord. "I already have a model that can
carry a wounded soldier 1,000 yards during a firefight, calm
the fears of the latest FNG, and feed a family of 4 on a
grunt's paycheck."

The angel walked around the model and said, "Can it think?"
"You bet," said the Lord. "It can quote much of the UCMJ,
recite all his general orders, and engage in a search and
destroy mission in less time than it takes for his fellow
Americans back home to discuss the morality of the War,
and still keep his sense of humor."

"This Nam vet also has phenomenal personal control. He can
deal with ambushes from hell, comfort a fallen soldier's
family, and then read in his hometown paper how Nam vets
are baby killers, psychos, addicts, killers of innocent

The Lord gazed into the future and said, "He will also endure
being vilified and spit on when he returns home, rejected and
crucified by the very ones he fought for."

Finally, the angel slowly ran his finger across the vet's cheek,
and said, "There's a leak...I told you that you were trying to
put too much into this model." "That's not a leak", said the
Lord. "That's a tear." "What's the tear for?" asked the angel.

"It's for bottled up emotions, for holding fallen soldiers as
they die, for commitment to that funny piece of cloth called
the American flag, for the terror of living with PTSD for
decades after the war, alone with it's demons with no one to
care or help."

"You're a genius," said the angel, casting a gaze at the tear.
The lord looked very somber, as if seeing down eternity's
distant shores....
"I didn't put it there," he said.

(pause for reflection)........God bless Nam vets

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