I worked Iraqi issues in most phases of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and often wondered what occurred to some of the Iraqi folks who were helpful to coalition forces. It is a question that can be asked about many of our conflicts, especially Vietnam. Bruce, over at Maggie’s Farm, has a touching synopsis by a Vietnamese vet named Del:
I am humbled to have as a good friend Del Vecchio. He writes in hopes you’ll read and give. The Vietnam Healing Foundation gets needed prothetics, food and money to the wounded soldiers, sailors and airmen of South Vietnam, who are still maltreated by the conquerors from the North. If you haven’t blown it all on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, please give:
Here is this year’s appeal from Vietnam Healing Foundation.
As many of you know, all our people here are volunteers, the only
overhead we have is the cost of getting funds to Viet Nam and distributed
to the needy there. That adds up to at most 4% of our total budget. For
every $10 in contributions, $9.60 winds up in the hands of someone
needing to buy rice or pay for medical expenses. The people we support
are all badly crippled from war wounds, and living only one level above
street people, facing still the discrimination that Hanoi put into law in
1975 to penalize them, their children, and grandchildren. . .
Please go to the link to read the rest. And consider supporting this very important cause.