AO-affected American veteran finds peace in Viet Nam
"In violation of the US Embargo against Viet Nam, I made the first of many trips back to Ho Chi Minh City and Ha Noi in 1990 for medical treatment," he said.
During the first trip, Rhodes met a Vietnamese elderly couple, rice farmers, walked by his room in the hospital where he underwent medical treatment.
The old couple, who had nine of their children killed by the US military, expressed their sadness that Rhodes was ill and offered their services if they could do anything for him. They also expressed their utmost compassion and forgiveness.
"Such is the nature I have found in the Vietnamese people," Rhodes said.
The US veteran also said that all his Vietnamese doctors have treated him with the utmost professionalism, courtesy, and respect. He has received expert medical services and treatments and has rarely paid over 50 USD per day for them.
"But I will never forget that it is the American Government, and the Veterans Administration, that to date refuses to admit or acknowledge my exposure, and related problems, to herbicidal poisons," he stressed.
"If the Vietnamese would let me, I would remain in Viet Nam," Rhodes concluded./.
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