45 years ago, I was in Kontum, Vietnam serving with the 57th Assault Helicopter Company. I remember the night of the TET Offensive; we were hit hard, very hard! I was up in the northeast bunker with some of my brothers, fighting off a “human wave” assault which, to those of you who are unaware of what this is, was a line of men coming at us, shoulder to shoulder, one line after another, until we killed all of them. And that first attack lasted for hours! I used an M-16 and took my turn on the M60 machine gun. It was hell, but it was all happening so fast that there was no time to think, just to act! And I have to live with the memory of that night, and I can see the death in my dreams sometimes, but it was part of what I was there to do; serve my country and protect my brothers, while they did exactly the same!
When I went over, it was considered a brave thing to do, an act of honor; when I came home I was spit on and had blood thrown on me, as did all of my brothers! We were pushed down and had our honor diminished to nothing by the Progressives who pushed the hippies to hate us! It was a very hard time for a vet to live, and many of my brothers killed themselves, and the rest lived with the hell of coming home as the “crazy vets”! For years, I could not understand why they came after us, because for every one of us that served, one of them didn’t have to! I have seen all of the reports as to how so many of my brothers killed themselves because of the pain of PTSD, and the negligence of our Members of Congress to act to ensure that we got the necessary treatment to help us! Unknown to many Americans is the fact that only about 30% of Combat ‘Nam Vets are still alive, because so many honorable non-combat vets wear the “Vietnam Vet” hats with deserved pride! But I have done my research and I know why they turned against us.
When I was a kid, there were a lot of very patriotic WWII and Korean combat vets in Congress, and the Commanding General of WWII, Dwight D. Eisenhower was our President. They understood the true value of our Constitution and they fought the Progressives in Congress to ensure that their Oath of Service would never be denied, and they helped build our nation into the greatest nation in the world! And the Progressives saw the danger in that to them, so they began destroying the confidence of the men returning from ‘Nam, using the Press, movies and television to help them make the people of America see us as “Crazy Vets”; a danger to everyone around us! So; instead of working to serve in the government, we hid out and just tried to live our lives! Some vets who were Progressives, and took part in the demonstrations against the War were accepted and supported to run for Congress, and they embarrass the hell out of vets like me who see them turning against their nation and the Constitution that protects our rights! And, now; they are beginning to restart the idea of “Crazy Vets” against the young heroes returning from Iraq and Afghanistan! And they are doing this because they see many of them getting involved in politics and it scares the hell out of them! Progressives, people who don’t have one single bone of personal courage and depend on others to fight the wars they want, are now trying to take away the rights of Combat Vets, including taking steps to remove our rights to bear arms even though, out of the entire population in this country, vets are the most highly trained and experienced in the handling and use of all forms of weapons! And this has to end!
I am calling on all of my fellow combat veterans to stand up and make their voices heard on this issue and every other attempt to destroy the very Constitution we swore to defend! The time has come for us to work to begin taking back our Congress by running for office! The time has come for us to work to take over the Republican Party and change it from a farce, to the respectable “Party of the Republic” it once was! We did not fight to protect our nation to simply watch it fall down the toilet of Progressive destruction! We did not watch our brothers die just so we could sit at home on the couch and watch America become the waste pit the Progressives want it to be! We know how hard it is to fight any battle and we have the experience to work together as a unit to bring back the honor of America! Ever since 1776, our nation has depended upon men of honor to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign, and domestic, and that time to defend our great nation has come, once more! It is our responsibility to lead, to teach those who are looking for a real answer that honor, courage and pride for our great country, and the Constitution that protects it, is the path that all true Americans need to follow! Stand up with me, my brothers, and let’s turn our great nation around, and bring back the Grand Republic it once was!
WAKE UP AMERICANS, OR LOSE AMERICA!
Michael J. Kilgus