Vietnam Veterans are beginning to show their age a little bit. The country is celebrating The 50 Year Commemoration of that war so that tells you something about the ages of the participants. In this episode we are taking a look at the accomplishments of two Vietnam Veterans who are in a way following the advice of Dylan Thomas who said in a poem to his father
“Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”
In a story from The Frederick News-Post titled: Local Vietnam veterans win big at national athletic competition submitted by Sylvia Carignan firstname.lastname@example.org the accomplishments of two Vietnam Veterans in the field of athletics. They are Robert “Bob” Dozier, an Army veteran and Marine Corps veteran Christopher Musick.
They both competed in the National Veterans Golden Age Games in Detroit. Dozier and Musick competed as part of Team Martinsburg, from the Martinsburg VA Medical Center. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs conducts the Golden Age Games for military veterans who are 55 or older, receiving health care from the VA and who have completed a rehabilitation program for military veterans who are 55 or older and receiving health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Musick came down with pneumonia in 2011 and it was so bad he had to relearn how to walk. At the Golden Age Games he not only won a ribbon for fourth place in the 25-meter breast stroke event but he received the national Marilyn Iverson Challenge Award, which is presented to first-time Golden Age Games athletes who embody the games’ mission of living an active lifestyle year-round. Not bad for someone who almost died from pneumonia.
Musick’s Army veteran buddy, Bob Dozier won a silver medal in doubles badminton. The Martinsburg team broke its previous records and came home with 26 medals — including 11 gold medals — and 11 ribbons.
The message to all Vietnam Veterans is stay fit and “Do not go gentle into that good night.”