Was his left leg lost while he piloted airplanes in Vietnam, or did he lose his leg in a parking lot accident at the Keystone Truck Stop on Interstate 80 in Pennsylvania? If the leg was lost because of two large trucks making contact with each other and the man in question just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, so be it.
Never should valor be stolen by trying to make oneself out to be a war hero when in fact he was a victim of a tragic accident in a parking lot. Shame on the man if he ever accepted a free cup of coffee or lunch under false pretense because someone thought he was a war hero. Shame if someone ever thanked him for his service and sacrifice for our country and he didn’t correct them by saying, “No, I got this in a parking lot in Pennsylvania, not flying aircraft in Vietnam.”
Give praise and thanks to the men and women who proudly served our country, and shame the man who would steal valor.
— Bob DeHare, Grand Haven Twp.