I received bad news this evening. My one Uncle, who is a vet of the Vietnam War (3 tours), just found out he has ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). He has been sick for awhile and the VA hospital finally fingered that this is what is ailing him. Right now, he is in the hospital.
What brought this disease on? It is a good question because as far as I know, no one in our family going back a couple hundred years has EVER had ALS. Turns out my uncle was exposed to Agent Orange in Vietnam and this triggers the disease. So, basically, what is killing him is something that happened half a century ago.
My uncle is an extremely funny guy and people like being around him. But now he is pretty much reduced to tears. Had a friend who suffered from Gulf War Syndrome even though the government denies there is such a thing. She was so ill she could barely get out of bed some mornings. The government did the same for Agent Orange. Deny, deny, deny.
If you think that all dangers of war are upfront and seen, think again. If you think the cost of war ends just because a politician says it does, think again. If you think you understand the suffering of those who fight, then think again.