Letter To The Editor
Vietnam veterans deserve welcome
My brother, Roger Byus, was killed in Vietnam in
1969. Our family never knew the details of the incident causing his death. He was a member
of the 11th Armored Cavalry, Blackhorse Regiment.
I was invited and recently attended their reunion in
Buffalo, N.Y. It was there I found answers to our questions of 30 years. I not only found
answers, but I found love and compassion as I have never witnessed.
Many times I saw men embrace, with tears streaming down
their faces. I also heard about the horrors of that place, unimaginable to us who were not
there. I was also told about the men who came home to hostility.
One man told of his Army uniform being spit on as he
walked off the plane and had to purchase civilian clothes before he could continue to his
I trust God will grant eternal peace to the Vietnam
veterans because they have already been through torment on earth. To all Vietnam veterans,
I humbly, with sincere gratitude, say, "Welcome home. "
Ruth Ann Maynard
(This letter appeared on Charleston Gazette Online,
Saturday, August 26, 2000)