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Thursday, 25 January 2018 13:58

Veteran remembers two different homecomings

Written by  Staff Writer

To the editor,
When I completed my enlistment in 1973 I was so happy I kissed the pavement at the Los Angeles airport. Once inside LAX I walked past some protesting hippies. They were cordoned off, but one young man about my age yelled out “baby-killer” and spit in my direction. I suddenly felt very self-conscious in my Marine uniform. I just wanted to get my discharge and go home, so just kept walking.

In 2006 I came home to the Atlanta airport from Kuwait in my Army uniform. A gray-haired stranger, about my age, approached me, and shook my hand.
He said, “Thank you for your service!” and handed me a hundred dollars.
I tried to give it back but he said, “Take your wife out to dinner!”
I like to think he was that same spitting hippie all grown up.

Kevin Graham
Elkhorn

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