On Thursday, March 24, my mother, Linda Augustine, stopped in to Ardies Coins on Grand Avenue. While in Ardies, a Native American man entered the store and asked who had the vehicle with the Purple Heart license plates parked outside. My mother stated that it was her son and that he had been wounded in Iraq.
The man said, “Here, give this to your son,” and gave her a bumper sticker. The bumper sticker was a Vietnam Campaign ribbon with an eagle feather in the center of it. It read, “It’s a ‘NAM’ thing. You wouldn’t understand.” My mother thanked the man but didn’t really know what the bumper sticker meant. She gave it to me later that evening.
I don’t know who this man was, but I want to take this time to thank him and all other Vietnam veterans for their sacrifice, whether they were drafted or volunteered. My generation of veterans has not had to endure the rejection that your generation of veterans has had to endure and I think much of it is because you Vietnam veterans have been there for us. Thank you all.
T. J. Smith