A group of veterans who went back to Vietnam to re-live their experiences and relieve post-traumatic stress disorders came home Monday to a hero's welcome.
About 30 family members and friends were on hand to provide a boisterous reception for the eight veterans, two counselors and a filmmaker who arrived at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport after a two-week sojourn back to the land most had found too painful to remember or forget."Landing in Hanoi they gave us a better greeting than we originally got when we came home," said Bill Koutrouba, 46, a former Army medic who described the journey as "nothing, nothing like I thought for 20 years in my dreams.
"I'm worn out, I'm tired, but America is wonderful," said Dave Roberts, 40. "All these years, my wife and my family has had to share me with Vietnam. For the first time I can share Vietnam with them.
"Vietnam isn't the same as it was 20 years ago. It's totally different. I left Vietnam in Vietnam and I'm home."