A Vietnam vet’s journey from a “19 year old hippy kid” to a life coach
GUEST COLUMN: OSCAR TRUITT — When I was drafted into the army in 1969, I was a 19 year-old hippy kid who believed in the concepts of peace and brotherly love. When I went to Vietnam, I had the idea that I would never shoot my weapon at anyone.
But the first time out in the field, the guy walking behind me was hit by sniper fire. Everyone started shooting. I did too — to protect him, and the others.
Firing a weapon became an act of group consciousness, not individualism. It was not done from selfishness, but from a concept of brotherly love that I had thought I believed in, but had never understood until that moment. I discovered that I didn’t know what I believed in, and didn’t know who I was.Read more