The lucky ones !
From an Australian army, Infantry Vietnam veteran, what a fantastic story and thank you for your service
My older brother Nigel was called up for national service and we were together in Vietnam for 7 months but in different Battalions, so this story resonates with both of us.
FIVE BLOOD BROTHERS WHO SERVED IN VIETNAM:
“All five of us served in Vietnam from 1966 to 1972," Veteran James Miller Jr. explained.
James Miller Jr. is the oldest and the first to join. When his brothers decided to follow in his footsteps he gave them his blessing.
"I told them to come on," Miller said.
The Millers remember their father, a World War II veteran, being very proud of them. James said their father always showed them off. But that praise wasn't what they got back from the majority of the community when they returned home from war.
"You didn't have anyone standing at the airport waiting for you to get off the plane. All you did was jump off and come back home," Miller explained.
Returning to civilian life was challenging, like dealing with PTSD. "We all had that problem cause you been over there being shot at now you got to come back home and learn how to live. When you were in Vietnam you learned how to show no emotion," James Miller said.
James has been going to counseling at the VA for almost the last decade to help with his problems. He said treatment for Veterans has gotten better, but there's more work to do. For example, more help for his younger brother John.
"I got wounded in Vietnam. I still have problems with my hand. My hand hurts each and every day. I'm on pain pills, but the government says you have to have three scars to raise up your disability," John explained.
He thinks the VA could be greatly improved, but there are happy with the slow changes they`ve seen.
But on March 29, 2019 marking the 51st anniversary of their time in the war they`re just grateful to still have one another.