101st ABN. 1st 506 Infantry, U.S. Army
3 years: 6 / 1966 - 6 / 1969
VIETNAM: 12 / 1967 - 12 / 1968
I have lived in Mesa, Arizona since I was in the 3rd grade.
I ran a 81MM Mortar Gun Crew for the 101 ABN, 506 Infantry, We flew a lot of combat Air
Assaults into just about every where in south Viet Nam, from rice paddies in the south to the mountain tops up north in Hue. I sure am grateful we didn't jump in, air assaults were bad enough. But I still enjoyed jumping out of planes. There is no better rush than that.
My transition to civilian life lasted a little longer than most, about 20 years. I tried to swamped myself in work and family, but it didn't work. My world seemed upside down and everything went wrong for years.
Finally I found something I enjoyed, besides my kids, selling Real Estate. My vehicle at that time I started selling real estate was a bright yellow Ford Pinto with no A/C. I LOVE A CHALLENGE. Now, forty two years later, I'm still selling real estate. With out my outstanding family, I would not have made it this far, I would have crashed and burned somewhere along the way. The VA had a very different environment back then, which was really scary. I am hoping we can help make a difference in some small way with this 22 4 22 Walk by raising funds for suicidal War Veterans. This negligence at the VA has been going on way to long.
Imagine this, you're in a fight for your life as well as your buddies lives and you get wounded, your buddies surround you, risking their own lives to protect you, to save you. That war is over but the wounded are still out there but they are alone and no one comes to help. Sometimes
your wife and kids can't help, the demons are there! Well, the battle is not over yet, war is raging all over our world. The stream of casualties will never end. We have to help, because we are all they have left.
My Dad is a WW II Veteran and he understood, and reached out to all three of his sons that were in the Viet Nam Era Wars. He lost one son to suicide, my older brother, James Needham Lynch. Who will help the unsaved suicide victims from Desert Storm, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan,
Syria? Not all need help, but those who are so severely damage have a great need for our help. Open yours eyes, open your hearts and your wallets, every little bit helps. $10 or $20 multiplied by thousands of donors start to really matters. The time has come, we are all they
Keith Doug Lynch