Senator SYMINGTON. There have been many reports of widespread use of drugs by U.S. servicemen in Vietnam. I might add I was in Europe last week and the growth of that problem was confirmed on direct questioning of people in the military. How serious is the problem and to what do you attribute it?
Mr. KERRY. The problem is extremely serious. It is serious in very many different ways. I believe two Congressmen today broke a story. I can't remember their names. There were 35,000 or some men, heroin addicts that were back.
The problem exists for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the emptiness. It is the only way to get through it. A lot of guys, 60, 80 percent stay stoned 24 hours a day just to get through the Vietnam -
Kerry sure hung out with a rough crowd for the four months he was in Vietnam.
Mr. KERRY. No, sir; I would just like to say on behalf of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War that we do appreciate the efforts made by the Senators to put that resolution on the floor, to help us, help us in their offices in the event we were arrested and particularly for the chance to express the thoughts that I have put forward today. I appreciate it.
The CHAIRMAN. You have certainly done a remarkable job of it. I can't imagine their having selected a better representative or spokesman.
Isn't that nice?
And it makes it just that much more poetic that just seven months later Kerry's group, the VVAW, would be plotting how to assassinate at least 7 Pro-War Senators:
And some guys -- like Hanoi John Kerry -- get three scratches and they're out.....of the war and harm's way! His Vietnam records do need to be called for and released.
It angers me more every day to know that John Kerry was actively working with the enemy in time of war and putting the lives of our men and women on active duty in Vietnam in more danger -- especially because my husband was in country in the central highlands being shot at while Kerry was undermining the war effort. And my husband served a full one-year tour of duty from October 1, 1970 to October 1, 1971.
Thank you, Hon, for doing such detailed research and sharing it with the rest of us.