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12 MAY 1969

Happy Mother's Day Mom


On a second typed sheet.

Dear Civilians, Friends, Draft Dodgers, etc;

In the very near future, loved one (1 Lt. Homer R. Steedly Jr.) will once more be in your midst, dehydrated and demoralized, to take his place again as a human being with the well known forms of freedom and justice for all; engage in life, liberty, and the somewhat delayed pursuit of happiness. In making your joyous preparation to welcome him back into organized society, you might take certain steps to make allowances for the past twelve months. In other words he might be a little different and should be handled with care. Don't be alarmed if he is infected with all forms of rare tropical diseases, such as, Mud Tinting, Water Worry, or Incoming Nerves, a little time in the "Land of the Big PX" will cure most of these.

Therefore, show no alarm if he insists on carrying a weapon to the dinner table, looks around for his steel pot when offered a chair, or wakes you up in the middle of the night for guard duty. Keep cool when he pour gravy on his dessert at diner or mixes peaches with his Seagram's VO. Pretend not to notice when he eats with his fingers and uses his clothes instead of the napkin. Take it with a smile when he insists on digging up the garden to fill all the sandbags for the bunker he is building. Be tolerant when he sleeps on the floor with his boots on.

Abstain from mentioning anything about powdered eggs, dehydrated potatoes, fresh milk, or ice cream. Also if it should start raining, pay no attention to him if he pulls off his clothes, grabs a bar of soap and a towel and files outside for a shower. When he says "no Bic" he means he doesn't understand, and when he says "di-di" he means get lost quick. Do not worry if he picks up the phone and says "faithful 10 give me formal rear, ---working".

Last, but not least, fill the ice box with ice cold water, get the civvies out, and fill the car with gas, then get the women and children off the streets-----

The Viet Nam Returnee Assistance Committee

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