Make America… grateful again!
This digital book is published in serial form and is free to read. New chapters are added weekly as the narrative is over 25 episodes long. It is and always be an interactive work in progress because the creative side of digital innovation allows for reader feedback, commentary, peer review, reaction and criticism. One chapter today may be different next week until all possible honing is exhausted. Welcome to organic literature.
It is also, literature with a purpose. While Sai-Gon Song is an universal novel about the psychic wars that all soldiers suffer in silence and perplexity because of survivor guilt, fear of dying or killing on the battlefield, it also focuses on Latino soldiers during the Vietnam conflict. They are an almost invisible legion in mainstream American literature.
The times are ripe for such themes. These days, many unwelcome signs abound in historically grateful United States of America. The author believes that building a wall on any border is a travesty to human kindness. Keeping silent about it is a complicity worst than many evil actions.
I ask of my readers to express gratitude for thousands of migrant soldiers of all races, creeds and nations who have been killed in battle while serving with US military uniform on active duty.
In particular, I invoke the memory of thousands of Latino soldiers from all over the Americas killed, wounded or maimed for life since 1898 and on –during the numerous US military international actions. Beyond them, I profess heartfelt gratitude to those uniformed men and women of any migrant nationality who spilled blood or paid the ultimate sacrifice for a sense of duty and gratitude to their host country.
Lastly, I include a list here of non-profit organizations that provide assistance to homeless veterans and to orphaned Vietnamese children. If our hemisphere of the Americas is to be made great again, we Americans must show gratitude, not rejection. The US American mainland should be lead example.
If you enjoyed in some way my creative work, be kind and donate a little of your good fortune to the homeless children, men or women of our world. Go to the non-governmental organization of your choice and donate.
Thank you – Rafael Matos
PS: There are a lot of people out there doing good. If you have or find one that is not included in the saigonson.com web site. Send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will diligently include.
“It is estimated that there are over one million orphans in Vietnam. These children are taken in and cared for at orphanages and Buddhist temples throughout the country. Despite the economic growth, one in five families still live in poverty. There remains great disparity between the rich and the poor.” –http://childrenofvietnambf.org/