Army Veteran Parks At Walmart, Returns To Find Note On Truck Forcing Him To Relive Past
Marilyn Caylor 9/12/2017
Most of us don't want to go to war. And why would we? The reasons against it are pretty obvious. For Americans, the Civil War and the Vietnam War were pretty much the only two battles that had the country politically and morally divided. While the Civil War is a distant memory, Vietnam vets are still very much alive, and they continue to experience the trauma of their past.
Sadly, it's not always the war itself that tears veterans apart on the inside, but the lack of support from their own countrymen.
Vietnam veteran Mike Koma remembers the dissonance he felt when he first came back from the war, but he still proudly displays a veterans license plate on his truck. Where ever he goes, everyone knows that he served his country.
Recently, Mike made a trip to Walmart, and when he returned to the parking lot, he found a note stuck on his windshield. He initially thought it was a parking ticket, but then he realized that his veteran's license plate prompted someone to write him a note. As soon as he read it he was forced to tears.
The Vietnam War was, and still is, very different than any other war that Americans have experienced. The hippy generation of the 1960's created a new breed of war protesters. After getting home from the war Mike was expecting a warm welcome from citizens, but instead got the complete opposite of what he had hoped.
No one acknowledged the sacrifices he made, and instead, he was judged - and hated. Mike told CBS Pittsburg:
"When I came home from Vietnam, I flew into the state of Washington, and people were spitting at us..."
The note on the truck's windshield brought back memories of that time, and forced Mike to relive those past experiences.
Thankfully, this time around Mike was able to experience gratitude and appreciation for his service. The note reads:
"God bless you sir! And God bless the United States of America! I fly flags of all our armed forces proudly!
Dear Vietnam Veteran,
Thank you so much for your service in the United States Army, Vietnam. You, sir, are a hero in my eyes & the eyes of many Americans. Thank you & your family for your sacrifices, honor, & courage. Thank you for my freedom.
Sincerely, Cindy Twigg."
Mike and his wife Mary are on a mission to find Cindy Twigg on social media, to express their heartfelt thanks for her kind words. This is the type of support Mike wished he had received when he returned home from Vietnam. To finally be acknowledged for his heroic actions is a blessing that goes beyond mere words.
What are the chances that a stranger just happened to have a blank American flag card in their car? In all likelihood, Cindy Twigg is purposely keeping a stash of these cards, just waiting to make an anonymous veteran feel proud for everything he or she has done for our country. Now, that's truly an example of the kindness of strangers. What an awesome way to make someone's day!
Watch the video below to find out more about this super sweet "thank you" note.