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At my dad's funeral there was an American flag, folded in a triangle, displayed next to the urn. All day people remarked to me, "I didn't know your dad was in the military." They were strange comments because it wasn't like he was an Army guy. It was never something I really associated with him. He was in the army, sure, because he was drafted, forced to be. Just like many other men his age....

After a terribly uncomfortable 15 hour "10 hour bus ride" to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, one that had me switching seats three times on the first sleeper bus only to end up next to a man who talked on a cell phone for an hour and then invaded my space as he snored, one that after four hours switched to a regular bus that had me sitting in the back row in the middle of five people, I was just ready to find a place to sleep....