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Discussion: Sensitivity To Veterans

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May 22, 2012
skip_6
Men's 60
15 posts
Sensitivity To Veterans
My team recently participated in the Atlantic Coast Championship. We were fortunate to win our division against a very good team. USSSA gave us shirts for winning our division. Being a Vietnam vet I gave mine back to my manager because it was made in Vietnam. I feel very strongly about anything made there. I know there are other Vietnam vets who play USSSA softball and may feel the way I do. I ask USSSA to take that into consideration when they buy their products. Thank You.
May 22, 2012
salio2k
Men's 60
548 posts
I too was there. Vietnam did not make you visit them. The US government made you go. Perhaps you should boycott Made in USA.
May 22, 2012
Robo2
223 posts
I couldn't agree more with your feeling on buy America. Thank you for your service.
May 22, 2012
Gary19
Men's 50
2615 posts
Wow, this is very interesting.

One, I had a teammate a couple of years ago who was also a Vietnam vet and would not wear a cap made there. So I can see how some could feel that way.

Two, salio are you serious with that? No, they didn't make him go there, but they might very well have been trying to kill him.

Three, Robo skip's post had nothing to do with buying American. But much more to do with NOT buying Vietnamese. A BIG distinction.
May 22, 2012
salio2k
Men's 60
548 posts
Gary19.........You come to my home with big guns, airplanes, bombs, agent orange, of course I'm going to try to kill you.

I served my country, USA, but do not blame the people of Vietnam.
May 22, 2012
skip_6
Men's 60
15 posts
Gary you got it right. I was drafted, had no choice about going there. And I was your teammate who wore the previous years league hat made in Bangladash instead of the 25th Anniversary cap made in Vietnam. I talked to the league president about this and he told me he made the supplier aware of this fact. The supplier told him he would make sure we would not receive anything made in Vietnam. See you at the library.
May 22, 2012
Gary19
Men's 50
2615 posts
I know there is that other side of the story, and can sort of see that. That has long been a debate about the various places the U.S. has stuck its nose into. But on the individual level, I can also understand those guys not taking to kindly to the Vietnamese.

I know plenty of Jews who won't buy anything German, and can see that too.
May 22, 2012
CAPT D5
124 posts
I am a South East Asia, Viet Nam era vet. A good friend after the war was a Vietnamese youth who escaped Viet Nam, with the help of the US Marines, during the fall. He later became a US Marine Officer because he appreciates America. You have the freedom here to return awards or not. I am proud to have served, but hold on hate or resentments, wars end.
May 22, 2012
skip_6
Men's 60
15 posts
CAPT D5--- I'm happy for that young man becoming a Marine. You say wars end, but I still wake in cold sweats reliving that terrible part of my life. I was a young man at that time too! Thats just the way I feel. I don't want to offend anyone. Sorry if I did.
May 22, 2012
Beasley
Men's 50
169 posts
Everyone has some good points here.

I'm a 26 year veteran of the U. S. Coast Guard and joined at the very end of Vietnam. Luckily I didn't have to go. I also served during our more recent wars.

In my opinion, everyone should be trying to buy AMERICAN. Every time a product, any product, is bought from a foreign country (Mexico, China, Vietnam, Iraq) we're putting money into someone else's pocket. I'd much rather keep an American employed then someone in another country - any country.

Just my opinion guys.
May 22, 2012
salio2k
Men's 60
548 posts
The American landscape is forever changing. Foreign products, consumer goods, are being sold here by American companies, employing Americans workers.
May 22, 2012
BJ_30yearCG
19 posts
Good Point J. Beasley, I worked for a MC who did multiple tours over in Vietnam on river patrols. You and I were lucky to have been post Vietnam, however; I keep in mind all the men and women presently representing us over in the Middle East. Crazy part of the world, I was over there on the Morgenthau in 96, my last 378. We need to keep all service personnel in our thoughts -- it is Memorial Day weekend -- never forgot those who gave their this great Country the ultimate sacrifice. Thanks to all that have served!
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