I am sending you this email in an attempt to thank people in your area for the kindness that they recently showed me. Unfortunately, I do not have the names of any of the individuals. So, I am sending this to the Times in hopes that you can find a way to let people know that I appreciate their effort.
My name is Jim Parker. I am a Vietnam veteran, having served as a security police officer at Phan Rang Air Base from August1969, to August 1970. I was 22 years old when I left for Vietnam.
On April 20, I was privileged to fly on the Badger Honor Flight (Madison, Wisconsin) to Washington D.C., along with 80-plus fellow veterans, our escorts and honor flight staff. We toured various memorials, including the Marine Corps Memorial, the Vietnam Wall, the Lincoln Memorial, the Korean War Memorial and others. We had an absolutely fantastic day.
On the flight home, each veteran was presented with a package of letters and cards thanking us for our service. Included in my package was a card “Courtesy of the American Legion Riders, American Legion Post 72, and the schoolchildren of Fauquier County, VA.”
I received several cards from people that I know, along with several from people like you who I do not know. I want you to know that I very much appreciate the fact that you would take the time to provide a card to someone that you have never met!
Many Vietnam veterans were not well received when they returned home back then. It is people like you who have shown that, over time, things have changed for the better.
Thank You Virginians!