Frazee-Vergas VFW Post 7702
Newsletter​
Events on the Horizon:

Bar Committee Meeting: 3rd Thursday @ 6:00 PM at Frazee VFW.

​Post Meetings: Third Thursday @ 7:30 PM., Frazee VFW

​​Post Auxiliary Meeting: Coming up new!
Some Thought on the Ending of the Vietnam War
by Veteran

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the signing of the
Vietnam Peace Accords. The Accords were signed on 27
January 1973, but it would take two more agonizingly long
years before the last Americans were evacuated from Saigon
as the North Vietnamese were rolling through the streets of
Saigon and breaking through the gates of the American
embassy. There were, of course, many legacies of the
Vietnam War, but the definitive history of the Vietnam War
is yet to be written.

More than forty years later, our view of the war is only
slightly clearer. We will probably never be able to identify
our nation’s self-interest in that conflict, nor will we ever be
able to attach meaning to the overwhelming loss of blood
and treasure. Unfortunately, those college professors, whose
left-wing ideology crafted the anti-war sentiment at home,
are using the same rhetoric to write the historical
perspective of the Vietnam War. Similarly, politicians and decision-makers, whose ineptitude
prolonged hostilities, project themselves as objective observers.

My perspective is that the men and women in the enlisted ranks and the junior officers did everything
that was asked of them. We followed the chain of command, adhered to military discipline, and
committed ourselves to our assigned missions. We trusted our military and civilian leaders to provide
us with a mission that was in our nation’s best interest, for which we, in return, did our jobs and risked
our lives.

The real failures were the Colonels and Generals. They permitted unrealistic competition between the
military branches and placed daily statistics ahead of meaningful tactical and strategic operations and
missions. By failing to challenge the military’s civilian leadership and our country’s political leaders,
they let us down. It was their responsibility to protect us by demanding reasonable rules to prosecute
the war and tasking assignments that adhered to logical and rational military doctrine. A foreign policy
that sought to minimize the risk of antagonizing Russian and Chinese feelings gave us Rules of
Engagement that clearly resulted in the unnecessary loss of American lives.

Since we were never truly committed to victory, we should have never risked defeat. That was the
immorality of the Vietnam War.

In Memorium

Life time member of the Frazee Vergas VFW,
Anthony “Tony” Dretsch, age 85, life-long Frazee, MN, resident, passed away peacefully with his daughter by his side on Sunday, February 4, 2018.

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Millions More Vets to Be Able to Shop Exchanges Online

Effective Date of Change: Veterans Day 11/11/17
After two years of study and debate, the Department of Defense has made a policy change,
effective next November, to allow 16 million honorably discharged veterans to shop online for
discounted military exchange products.
Months of preparation are needed to make e-shopping portals more robust and to allow the Defense
Manpower Data Center (DMDC) time to create software for verifying veterans’ status using
Department of Veterans Affairs records.
For details visit: https://www.shopmyexchange.com/veterans
From an article published on The Military Advantage Blog, 01/17/17