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Next project for me........

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The small band of brothers with whom I served in Vietnam is on the decline. We're becoming extinct. I have to get busy and make sure those who are left get one of my sticks.

I made one for a Marine who had been diagnosed with cancer. He got to use it for just a year before he passed.

My teammate through the 1968 Tet offensive has M.S. He got his stick a month or so ago, and he loves it.

Next, I'll make one for one of the guys who was with one of my best friends when they were ambushed and we lost him. This guy suffered for decades with substance abuse and what is now called PTSD. He's finally stable, married his high school sweetheart, and with professional help stays positive and enjoys living on the Oregon coast. His stick is up next. I have his preferred stick measurements, and the USMC, unit, and ribbon pins required. He wants the most natural finish possible, so I'll go with 100% tung oil. He wants a lightweight stick, and so my selection is limited. But I think I have a cedar or a "diamond" willow stick that will work. This one will be fun.
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I know that you don't do it for the accolades but "WELL DONE PAL" I don't know much about your experiences as I was only a toddler when this war happened but from what I have seen since I find the (if I am correct) public response to the veterans unfathomable! Why would you not support your own squaddies. I have seen programmes on the History and PBS America channels that have interviewed veterans and whether they agreed with the politics or not they went to the other side of the world to help their mates/fellow squaddies. Sorry if I have spoken out of turn on something that didn't affect me directly but ALL the veterans of this HORRENDOUS war have my respect. N.
Thank you for your service CAS & CV3. Thanks to all that have served or are serving today.
Here here, I know that we are not from the same country but I don't think Britain has a closer Ally Than the USA, My best mate has been in the army for 25 years and my Mother and Father both served, and so I wear my "Help for Heroes" brands with pride! You all deserve our utmost respect fellas! N.
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I for one, love hearing the veterans stories, I can also understand that there is a time when it must be hard to talk about some situations. N.
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