My Friend

I have a friend.

My friend served in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War.

My friend remembers what he had to do in that war. As is often the case, this memory is painful for him.

The United States Government, in the form of the Department of Veterans Affairs, claims that the pain that my friend is experiencing is not the result of his service in that war.


I don’t know the details of this case in depth, and I’m not a psychologist. It seems obvious that the pain and depression that my friend is suffering could be related to his service in war. To me, as long as it’s even possible that the two are connected, someone like my friend deserves all the help that our society can provide, but then, I’m not a bureaucrat.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?

But then, as far as I’m concerned, those who serve this country in war deserve the best health care that exists. That’s true if my friend slips on ice and stubs his toe. That’s true if my friend develops a pimple. That’s true if my friend bumps his head today and sees polka-dotted flamingos.

One could argue that any human being deserves the same level of care, but not everyone agrees. Surely, though, no matter which side of the aisle you are on in Congress or which political party you support with your vote, you can agree with me that anyone who served this country in a war deserves what I described. My friend served as a United States Marine in Vietnam, and he deserves the the best, Cadillac, gold-plated health care on Uncle Sam’s dime.

This leaves me with just one question:

What the goddamned bloody fuck is wrong with that?

To my friend: You know who you are. You have friends. If there is anything that we can do for you, you name it.

We’ve got your back, Marine!

7 thoughts on “My Friend

  1. clairecroxton

    AMEN, Greg! WTF indeed. Our veterans deserve the absolute best in care. The fact that I have the right to sit comfortably in my warm home and write the word ‘fuck” on the internet was earned by the brave men and women in our military.

    To your friend, Greg’s right. You have friends. Just say the word. We’re there for you. Big hugs!

  2. Paula Boyea

    There are many of us out here who are there for your friend, Greg. When my father served during WWII, they were told they WOULD have healthcare for life…. I’m wondering what happened to the promises that were made!

    Thank you to ALL the veterans out there!

    1. clairecroxton

      Paula, yesterday i was listening to the radio here in Anchorage and some DJ was talking about how veterans who come home from war and move in with their parents as they try to get their lives back together are losers. All I could think was some veteran died for that moron’s right to voice his uninformed opinion.

      1. Greg Camp

        Seriously–some asshole like that has a job on radio? I wonder how long it will be before the moron is invited to express his opinions somewhere else.

      2. clairecroxton

        Unfortunately, the guy’s been on the radio for about 19 years. He’s here to stay. I exercised my right to change stations. 🙂

      3. Paula Boyea

        That DJ doesn’t deserve this country!!! He has absolutely no clue what war is about or what these guys go through.

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