“I was a kid of 16 years old watching the Vietnam War on television, knowing full well I was going to be drafted. My oldest Brother was in the 82nd Airborne and a Combat Medic. He told me about all that was going on and what to expect. So, I jumped from graduating High School to going into the Military at 18 years of age and in Vietnam by 19 years old.

I was stationed at Bien Hoa AB 69 to 70 with aircraft refueling and unloaded fuel barges on the Dong Nai River outside Bien Hoa City. I was not yet quite a man, but old enough to do the unthinkable. But I grew up quick and learned fast. When I finally discharged in 1972, I had problems getting a job. NO ONE liked Vietnam Vets.

I have a hard time forgetting the war and things that occurred. I want to somehow let God know I’m not a bad man and only did what was expected of me during that conflict. I want to help whomever I can; however I can.

Truth and trust mean everything to me.”

~ Victor Michael Garcia, Vietnam Veteran

Victor’s full story appears in the book NEVER FORGOTTEN, THE VIETNAM VETERAN FIFTY YEARS LATER, available on Amazon.com

Veteran stories are interviewed and collected by www.JennyLasala.com