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Taken from The Quiet Time by Marc Levy:

Imagine this: after a blistering hot day marching up and down mud-slicked hills, or tramping wide open fields, or steamy jungle, imagine setting out booby traps on enemy trails, laying in wait, then ever so carefully, breaking them down. At dusk, after planting trips and claymores round the NDP, after finding a spot for your pack and gear, after eating tinned c-rations of beans and franks, imagine curling up on the cold, wet ground. Now, fast asleep, being woken twice in the night by a man gently tapping your resting arm. "You're guard," he whispers, for the first of two one-hour shifts. Leaving that foxhole the second time, grenades, machine gun, claymore detonators all in place, imagine two hours sleep, rising at dawn, shrugging off bugs and wet bamboo, rubbing rheumy eyes, brushing sticky teeth. Before the grueling day begins, there is the welcoming taste of GI coffee.... Read More

Also In This Issue:

  1. VVAW to Sponsor Children's Library in Vietnam by Bill Branson
  2. Why Are We Still VVAW? by John Lindquist
  3. From the National Office by Joe Miller
  4. Fraggin' by Bill Shunas
  5. Notes from the Boonies by Paul Wisovaty
  6. No Health Care System is Perfect: But I'll Take VA Health Care by Jack Mallory
  7. The Hardest Challenge With Homeless and On the Edge Veterans by Jim Murphy
  8. Either Save the VA or Stop Making Veterans by Jim Wohlgemuth
  9. On Listening to Veterans by Jack Mallory
  10. Thank You for Your Service (poem) by W. D. Ehrhart
  11. The VA Treats Me Well by Allen Meece
  12. Me and the VA by Leon Wengrzyn
  13. Students Thank VVAW for Classroom Visit by VVAW
  14. National Veterans Art Museum (NVAM) Holds First Ever Triennial by Kevin Basl
  15. Celebrating the Life of Terry J. DuBose, A Leader of VVAW in Texas by Alice Embree and Renee DuBose
  16. Fred Wallace, RIP by Muriel Hogan
  17. Dan "Oakbear" Moeller (1951-2018) by John Zutz
  18. Trauma (poem) by Gregory Ross
  19. 1967 (poem) by Christine Hague
  20. For Those Not With Us by David Sandgrund
  21. Another Agent Orange Victim: In Memory of Norman (Bill) F. Williams Jr. by Beverly Williams
  22. VA - Fayetteville 2012 (poem) by Norman (Bill) F. Williams Jr.
  23. Autumn's Story by Autumn W.
  24. STUCK by Gregory Ross
  25. The Positive Power of Dissent by Paul Nichols
  26. Body Count is the Wrong Statistic by Al Wellman
  27. Thank You for Your Service: Now Get Lost by Sally-Alice Thompson
  28. We Have to Speak the Truth by Patrick Finnegan
  29. Trump Visits Troops (cartoon) by Jeff Danziger
  30. Remembering Jeff Sharlet and Vietnam GI by Marc Levy
  31. A Review of Earth Songs II: Poems of Love, Loss and Life by W. D. Ehrhart (reviewer)
  32. Photos from the Archives, Part 1 (photos) by VVAW
  33. Don't Thank Me for My Service by John Ketwig (reviewer)
  34. Imprisoned at Alcatraz - for Opposing War by Elaine Elinson
  35. Caverns of the Soul by Donald McNamara (reviewer)
  36. Middle Blue by Daniel C. Lavery (reviewer)
  37. Enduring Vietnam: An American Generation and Its War by John Ketwig (reviewer)
  38. My Path Through Paralysis by Dale Hoefer (reviewer)
  39. The Great Alone by John Ketwig (reviewer)
  40. To The Brink Once Again by John Crandell (reviewer)
  41. No Thanks by Bonnie Caracciolo (reviewer)
  42. Don't Thank Me For My Service by Larry Kerschner (reviewer)
  43. Road to Reconcile by Nadya Williams (reviewer)
  44. Hopes and Promises Lost, Stolen and Betrayed: Interest Payments on the 100-Year-Old Debt by Joe Miller (reviewer)
  45. Oxy, the Wise Bomb (cartoon) by Billy X. Curmano
  46. Monument to Stupidity #1 Sponsorship opportunity by Billy X. Curmano
  47. Photos from the Archives, Part 2 (photos) by VVAW
  48. Do What You've Got To Do by Dave Cline as told to Richard Stacewicz
  49. The Quiet Time by Marc Levy
  50. Adventures of a Buffer Technician by Gregory Ross
  51. In A Yokohama Hospital On My Way Back Home, 1969 by rg cantalupo
  52. The Stolen Story by Tom Gery
  53. The Betrayal by Paul J. Giannone
  54. Journalists Arrest (cartoon) by Jeff Danziger
  55. Coming Out of The Footlocker As A Military Dependent by Herb Mintz
  56. Soft Targets - Part Two by Joseph Giannini
  57. Recollections: Returning to the Delta by Dan New
  58. National Security (cartoon) by Jeff Danziger