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    This is for the veterans...

    I got this email a couple of minutes ago...my faith in Hollywood has been renewed just a little bit.

    Here is a copy of a story about a Viet Nam vet and Ann-Margaret,
    written by the vet's wife.
    It is unique and well worth reading.

    Richard, (my husband), never really talked a lot about his time
    in Viet Nam other than he had been shot by a sniper. However, he
    had a rather grainy, 8 x 10 black &white photo he had taken at a
    USO show of Ann-Margaret with Bob Hope in the background that was
    one of his treasures.

    A few years ago, Ann-Margaret was doing a book signing at a local
    bookstore. Richard wanted to see if he could get her to sign the
    treasured photo so he arrived at the bookstore at 12 o'clock for
    the 7:30 signing.

    When I got there after work, the line went all the way around the
    bookstore, circled the parking lot, and disappeared behind a
    parking garage. Before her appearance, bookstore employees
    announced that she would sign only her book and no memorabilia
    would be permitted. Richard was disappointed, but wanted to show
    her the photo and let her know how much those shows meant to
    lonely GI's so far from home.

    Ann-Margaret came out looking as beautiful as ever and, as 2nd in
    line, it was soon Richard's turn. He presented the book for her
    signature and then took out the photo.
    When he did, there were many shouts from the employees that she
    would not sign it. Richard said, "I understand. I just wanted her
    to see it."

    She took one look at the photo, tears welled up in her eyes and
    she said, "This is one of my gentlemen from Viet Nam and I most
    certainly will sign his photo. I know what these men did for
    their country and I always have time for "my gentlemen". With
    that, she
    pulled Richard across the table and planted a big kiss on him.
    She then made quite a to-do about the bravery of the young men
    she met over the years, how much she admired them, and how much
    she appreciated them.
    There weren't too many dry eyes among those close enough to hear.
    She then posed for pictures and acted as if he was the only one
    there.

    Later, at dinner, Richard was very quiet. When I asked if he'd
    like to talk about it, my big strong husband broke down in tears.

    "That's the first time anyone ever thanked me for my time in the
    Army", he said. That night was a turning point for him. He walked
    a little straighter and, for the first time in years, was proud
    to have been a Vet.

    I'll never forget Ann Margaret for her graciousness and how much
    that small act of kindness meant to my husband. I now make it a
    point to say "Thank You" to every person I come across who served
    in our Armed Forces.

    Freedom does not come cheap and I am grateful for all those who
    have served their country.


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    You know, I've never understood some people's reaction to our Vet's from the Viet Nam War. Lot's of boy's I went to high school with were drafted, some of them didn't come home. The only choice they had was to leave the country as a traitor or do as their country asked. Most of them risked it all. It never mattered to me if Viet Nam was a "popular" war or not. I was very proud of our Vet's. My brother was in the Air Force at the time stationed in Korea.

    I remember hearing about Bob Hope taking his USO show to Viet Nam back then. I always admired him too. Ann Margaret is one classy lady which she proved by her wonderful treatment of your husband.

    By the way, tell him a lady in Kansas thanks him too.

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    I don't know this person, I believe that the people live in California. I just got the article as an email from a friend, but I'm sure that the Vietnam Vets all appreciate the votes of confidence.


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    I enjoyed reading that story and realize not every single actor and actress is mindless in Hollywood. My husband Don, who is 74 now, served in VietNam as well as I know your husband did, Mugsy, and I never understood why these peaceniks would spit on our men coming home after they were willing to give their lives to help other people. I think that is the shame our country lives with, not the willingness of our young men going to war to help other people, but the way the soldiers were treated when they came home. They should have been treated as heros, I don't know anything that these peaceniks have accomplished besides carrying signs and disrupting the peace.
    Jackie


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    OOPS! Sorry, well, this lady in Kansas still thanks that Vet and all the others no matter where they are.

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    Jackie, Mike was in Desert Storm (he's just a pup...he's only 33). My brother-in-law was in the last year of Vietnam stationed in Thailand, I was in 7th grade when he came home because I remember doing a report on Thailand and brought a bunch of stuff in that he brought back with him.


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    Very touching story! Thanks for sharing!

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    Sorry Mugsy, he is still a young pup is right, geeeez really makes me feel old. LOL
    Jackie


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    You and me both Jackie....I'm 41 and he ALWAYS teases me! lol


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    So, if you agree with a Hollywood star, they're brilliant and worthwhile. If you disagree with a Hollywood star, they're mindless and have too much time on their hands, should move to France and are un-American.

    Hmmmmm.....

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    Come on, Soledad. This Anne Margaret thing has been floating around the internet for ages......Mugsy just happened to bring it up now.

    Surely you can understand that we would rejoice in someone who truly supports America when all there has been from Hollywood (in the news, at least) is anti-Americanism???

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    No I can't understand it because I don't believe that someone who disagrees with the mainstream is anti-American. Sorry, but I think that's juvenile.

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    I meant it to bring a little good news for a change.


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    I still stand by what I said. I admire Bob Hope and Ann-Margaret. I lived through that time period and remember the news when Bob took a USO tour over to Viet Nam. I was surprised because I thought he would want to retire and be safe at home. They were sometimes in danger over there with bombs and shells flying over their heads. They brought lots of comfort and fun to some who would never see their homeland again. They didn't stomp around bashing their country or the ones who were serving it but did what they could to help make it better for those serving.

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    Soledad I really thought you were open and intelligent but you are slowly changing my mind, not that you care I understand, it seems you have a negative twist on anything positive, it doesn't matter what subject comes up even when one is trying to put an upbeat post you find a way to put a negative twist on it. Why so?
    Is everything in life a challenge to you? Do you ever see a positive side of anything?
    I thought saying I realized that not every single actor or actress in Hollywood is mindless was a compliment to them, no? Of all the discussions I have read on here I can't remember one upbeat post that you have put on. I'll have to say the one thing that you said that really surprised me and made me think twice about you is the statement that "America wants to take over the Middle East", where would we put it in Texas?
    Jackie


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