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April 30, 2013
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Letter: Vets in Douglas County stay on track, even when it's tough

Be tough and stay on track

As a retired Captain of the U.S. Air Force and a Vietnam veteran (1969 to 1970), I fully appreciate the coverage The News-Review has given vets over the years I have lived in Douglas County (1975 to present.) For 35 years, I have been a subscriber to your newspaper.

The one missing element is how the vets were treated upon their return to the Zone of Interior (the United States). It has been documented over and over again how we were spit upon and called filthy names by the majority of the public, but what else?

April 18, 1972, our Air Force recruiting office located in Mountain View, Calif., was fire-bombed by some disgruntled citizens. Fortunately there were no casualties. Two months prior to this incident, four local citizens came into our office and demanded that we take off our uniforms and leave town immediately.

Part of our recruiting endeavors were visiting the local high schools and community colleges. I personally had a student sic a dog on me. Another time, the students tipped over my staff car.

A barber shop proprietor once mentioned to me that “when the going gets tough, then the tough get going.” That was enough to keep me going. The message is that if you feel you are on the right track, then keep going!

Clement Dewart


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