Ya, there is a special quality to this place, it's guys like you who make it so.
Your grief is shared, brave heart. I did not see my commrades die but I've seen their names on the Wall. I know that because of men like you, the number wasn't 116,000, instead of the still incredible 58,000 who died in Viet Nam.
I know you weren't looking for it, but thank you for your service and the extrordinary bravary you exhibited on all of our behalfs.
Bring your light a little closer, some of us see darkly and need your encouragement.
"No soul is desolate as long as there is a human being for whom it can feel trust and reverence."