Below is a two-part conversation I had with Rick Belt, who served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Vietnam War. (read the rest below the video)
Rick did two tours of duty in Vietnam and he shares with me on the taped Ghion Cast his memory of what war was like and the war that began in the minds of many veterans long after the last bullet has been stilled. The article “Blessed Are the Peace Keepers” (link) was inspired in large part by my conversation with Rick and the daily interactions I’ve been fortune enough to had with him over the past couple of weeks.
As you watch the video, let us remember always to honor the sacrifice veterans make and to never conflate a stand against war as a stand against vets. To vets, the horrors of war is not just an abstract injustice, war is a horror many continue to live through. So let us, as a nation and as as people, do all that we can to support veterans and to make sure that we take care of those who fought for this nation. Thank you veterans world wide, you are true heroes in an age of anti-heroes. #HonorTheFallen
A heart felt thank you to William, a Vietnam era veteran who served in Japan who I just met a few hours ago at my job. Service is service for valor is found in those who put on the uniform regardless of where they were stationed. Likewise thank you to the Vietnam war veteran I just met at Wendy’s while waiting for my ride. The struggles you went through and the ten years of hardship you faced after you returned state-side is one that endless veterans face and go through. May god bless; I am profoundly grateful that you were able to fight through your struggles and that you can share a good time with your grandchildren. I wrote the poem below the video for veterans just like you. God bless you and may He always be with you and continue to mend you, heal all veterans and mend this world. May one day love be the guiding light that binds all of humanity.
“Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.” ~ John F. Kennedy
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Originally from Ethiopia with roots to Atse Tewodros II, Lij Teodrose is a former community organizer whose writing was incorporated into Barack Obama's South Carolina primary victory speech in 2008. He pivoted away from politics and decided to stand for collective justice after experiencing the reality of the forgotten masses. His writing defies conventional wisdom and challenges readers to look outside the constraints of labels and ideologies that serve to splinter the people. Lij Teodrose uses his pen to give a voice to the voiceless and to speak truth to power.
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