Make America… grateful again!
This digital book is published in serial form and is free to read. New chapters are added regulary as the narrative is over 25 episodes long. It is and always be an interactive work in progress because 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 with silence and perplexity because deaths in the battlefield, survivor guilt, fear of dying and killing, it also focuses on Latino soldiers during the Vietnam conflict. They are an almost invisible legion in mainstream American literature.
The times are ripe because the veteran’s of this war are slowly passing away without adequate indebtedness. Furthermore, the twenty first century brought too many unwelcome signs for Latinos in historically grateful United States of America. The author believes this added ingratitude is a travesty to human kindness to the many sacrifices of Hispanic soldiers in American wars. Keeping silent about it is a complicity worst than many other evil actions. Their stories of these soldiers must be told, in fact or fiction before all pass away.
Thus, I ask of my readers to express gratitude for thousands of the migrant soldiers of all races, creeds and nations who have been killed in battle while wearing a US military uniform. 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.
I must also point out that I do not really write this novel for the war veterans. They know the story quite well. I write for the new generations that may too soon forget all the sacrifices that freedom and peace requires of the brave men and women willing to die or be maimed for its defense.
Lastly, I include a list here of non-profit organizations that provide assistance to homeless veterans and to orphaned Vietnamese children. 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 an organization that is not included in the saigonson.com web site. Send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will diligently include.
BE KIND. DONATE
“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 or other religious groups throughout the country. Despite the economic growth in Viet Nam, one in five families still live in poverty. There remains great disparity between the rich and the poor.”