Mr. A.'s older brother was killed while serving in Vietnam.
Mr. A. was medically discharged after his 5th tour in Vietnam from multiple shrapnel injuries. He was awarded multiple Purple Hearts, Bronze and Silver stars and two Distinguished Service Crosses during his service.
One of Mr. A.'s younger brothers lost a leg after stepping on a land mine in Vietnam.
All were in the Army.
"How old are you?" he asked me.
"53," I replied.
"I'm glad you were too young to go to Vietnam, " he said, "you're the same age as my youngest brother. He never had to go either."
I've always been glad as well. So were my two brothers.
"Thank you for your service. Thanks to you and your family."