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Death From The Past

     This is for all the Viet Nam veterans.
     One of us was lost yesterday to Agent Orange.
     He was K-9 Security Policeman in Viet Nam.


          Death From The Past

     Forty years after we came back
     Believing we were safe at home

     Viet Nam launched another attack
     Not from Charlie but from our own

     Agent Orange dropped from the sky
     Not knowing what our fate would be

     Viet Nam killing us again with lies
     That followed us across the sea

     Not a single shot fired in anger
     Dying inside these long long years

     No one seemed to care why
     We the forgotten lost in fear

     Shunned by most except our own
     We must never give up the fight

     Losing this battle of health at home
     They hope we will fade into the night

     They can treat us like dirt
     We togeather can bear the pain

     We learn to live with the hurt
     And pray it never happens again

     To the future Soldiers
     Called to defend this land


                                     Edwin J. Smith
                                     The Old Cowboy



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