Me too iddee, its why I mentioned it ;).
Service in the Republic of Vietnam has as many stories as those who served in that part of the world, much of it dependant on 'time of service' during our involvement over a 30 plus year period. Just because 'you' didn't see it doesn't mean it wasn't going on. Much of military life is/was split into different camps as I recall, whether by politics, MO S's, drugs of choice, etc.....
I served a second out of Phu Bi (Camp Evans/Camp Eagle) w/ the 101st when it was just a ghost town (less than 50,000 Americans in country total), winter of 72-73 and drugs were literally everywhere and few were leaving them alone.
I've since talked with veterans from all years of our involvement (military, CIA and civilian) and each has quite a different perspective depending greatly on the time spent, showing similarities largely dependant on the specific era they served, sometimes even a year made the difference much depending on what was happening (or not) happening in DC (sound familiar?).
A former colleague of mine (a mentor), now passed on, served the majority of the 50's in either Vietnam, Congo or Iran. This guy was one of the most unassuming, yet heroic people I've ever known, though was capable of ripping out your heart if such a thing was even considered, you must know the type. One would never guess what kind of experiences he'd lived by looking at him. Man, he had some stories to tell.
He use to say it all the time too iddee; "The only hero's are the dead."
Had to come back: The media has failed miserably (as usual) in reporting this story of addiction among our people overseas, yet our military uses drugs use as a means to 'thin out' the troops and VA uses it to deny benefits.
Remember that saying from Nam iddee? "Used and thrown away." Many of us still feel that way and our numbers continue to grow with these new wars.
The under-reported 'reality' is that poppy production in Afghanistan has gone up each year we have been there.