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3/7/03

Yesterday's War Veterans Discuss Today's War

250,000 U.S. military troops are already overseas and ready for war. Ready because it's their duty to fight for our country and our freedom. It's a job only those who've been there truly understand. To get that perspective today we sat down with four veterans, all of which served in the Vietnam war.

Veterans know first hand what thousands of soldiers are going through right now, the anticipation, the fear and the unknown of what's ahead. The men we talked to agree war is imminent, actually they say, it's long overdue.

"I think the mistake Bush has made is, he's waited too long, and it's time. Man he should've gotten that," Vietnam Veteran James McCoy said.

"Well the reason and there's probably multi as to why he has drug his feet, you stop and think about it and he's trying to get all of his things strategically placed so when we do start this thing it's going to be done and it's going to be done rapidly, we're going to have the support and people to do it and do it fast," said Vietnam Veteran Jerry Dickson.

"Yeah but he's got to do it fast, he's trying to do it like his daddy did, you know line up all his allies and things have these 110 allies involved in the thing and he isn't going to have that and he wasn't in the first place," McCoy said.

"Well now, he didn't know that, because all of this came about simply because of 9-11," replied Dickson.

"I want us to go right to down town Baghdad and snatch him up," McCoy says, and Dickson interrupts, "Lord knows the U.S. is known for half stepping, we did it in Korea, and in Vietnam."

"Really we're just known as half steppers these days and I want us to overcome that stigma, I want to be successful in life and I want this country to be successful and the only way we can be is if we don't half step, if we say we're going to do something lets do it," Dickson said.

For these vets; Jerry, James, Bill and Ralph the fighting is over. But for bill the risk continues, now his son Richard, a navy sailor, is serving in the Persian gulf.

"We have to do something, and I know it's going to cost some lives. If my son dies, that's one of the casualties of war, I don't want him to but there are a lot of mothers and fathers that are going to lose children if we go into war," Vietnam Veteran Bill Grimes said.

These veterans say we have to get past the politics of war and take care of what needs to be done.

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