Yesterday, Memorial Day, I attended for the very first time the ceremony at Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno, California. My husband and I had never attended but had talked about going some time. My father, uncle and baby sister are buried there and now my brave husband, Paul had joined them there.
I had gone by myself and never thought I would see anyone I knew there but was invited to sit with a friend who has been going with her husband for the past five years! A very nice and touching ceremony with helicopter fly over, many different brances of service, and band and of course local politicians.
While sitting there listening to some of the different speakers talking about the brave people who have fought for our country and died for our country it suddenly hit me! that my husband also just died for his country. There are many Vietnam Vets who have lost their lives or will because of contracting HepC while being inoculated before going over to Vietnam. My husband was one of them! Hep C stays dormant in your system for 30 to 40 years before becoming active. If untreated it can then turn to cirhossis of the liver and then CANCER!
If you know of a Vietnam Vet or someone else who has Hep C tell them to watch it closely. I only wish we had known then what I know now about it and my husband might still be here with me.
Thank You Veterans Administration!!!