The Island Packet
February 23, 2016
‘Dear Vietnam Vet’ nonprofit created
It wants to get a letter of thanks to every living Vietnam veteran
Founder’s father was a Vietnam vet who died at 43
Vietnam was many years ago, and also just yesterday.
Only a veteran of America’s unpopular war of a half century ago could say that.
And that’s exactly how one responded to a Bluffton woman who has taken it upon herself to get a personal letter of thanks into the hands of every living Vietnam veteran. Bonnie Wade Mucia has sent thousands of letters, but it’s one she got in return that chokes her up. It mentions her father, the drive behind her drive. Her dad served two tours in Vietnam and got home with a Purple Heart, but he died unexpectedly at 43.
“I could have met your father,” writes an aging Marine.
“We did travel the same rice paddies, villages and jungle. Watching men die, and how they die, affects even the toughest Marines. It does change your life forever.
“Vietnam was many years ago, and also just yesterday. We all have our burdens to bear. Thank you for making mine more bearable.”
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