I learned a lot about my veteran through the interview. We had been family friends for a very long time and I knew that he had served in the military but he never talked about it much. After talking to him, I realized how passionate he was about serving his country. Chuck Sweetman served in the Air Force originally as a physical therapist but eventually got his psycology degree and became a pyscologist for the Air Force.
He talked about a few of the men that he got to meet with. One that he talked about was a man whos name he had forgotten but who was a POW for 8 years in vietnam. His story was a very tragic one. He had to adjust from fighting a war to trying to survive a war. The survival skills that had kept him alive in vietnam proved to be no help at all upon returnig home from war. He had trouble getting a job and supporting his family. His wife eventually left him and took everything that they had, so he was left with nothing. It was interesting to hear about personal story of a vietnam veteran who had to overcome a tremendous amount of adversity.
A big thing that found interesting was how humble he was about his service. We discussed in class about veterans who did not actually see battle feeling like they did not deserve any credit because they did not fight. Chuck was the same way. He almost felt like he was less of a soldier because he did not see any battle. He felt like he did not deserve to be labled as a vietnam veteran. However the things that he did to help the men coming back from war was very heroic.
After doing this interview I have a whole new perspective about the vietnam war. I know that the country did not need to be over there in the first place. But the men that were fighting deserved the support of their fellow countrymen which they did not receive. It was heartbreaking hearing about what these men had to go through.
This class on a whole really made me appreciate war veterans in general. Any man or woman that fights for our country is a hero. They are putting their lives on the line so that we can enjoy the freedoms that we take advantage of every single day. Being a college student I find id annoying and difficult having to write papers, doing assignments and especially right now, studying for exams. But when I think about it, I am lucky that I get to do these things. I would rather pull all nighters and write long papers then have to wake up thinking “is this the day I am going to die?” This class has taught me a lot and made me really appreciate the men and women that have fought and are fighting for our country.