Celebrating our 50th year of going to and returning from Vietnam, a fellow combat veteran and I traveled to Myrtle Beach. While dining on our last night before departure, we were wearing ball caps signifying we were combat veterans. We asked for our check, and were told it had been paid by a young couple with three small children seated behind me.
When we tried to thank them for the very moving act of kindness, the man interrupted us by saying, “Welcome home! Thank you for your service.” I hope any combat veteran reading this knows that what we did was and is appreciated. We were called “baby killers” by more than a few people. This couple reminded me that we did what we did because it was deemed necessary. It also reminded me that most Americans did truly appreciate us serving.