Friday, June 19, 2009

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A 60-year-old man assaulted
while watering plants in a traffic circle
is a Vietnam veteran who survived the war
only to be critically injured
and left to die in his own hometown.
It's hard to describe.
It's something you wouldn't wish
on your worst enemy,
There's no cause for it.
A man walked up to him
and slugged him during the incident,
described as "roundabout rage."
The punch knocked the veteran
to the pavement, and he landed
flat on the back of his head,
cracking his skull.
The victim took great pride
in maintaining the traffic circle,
next to his home.
He is a former lieutenant
who served in Vietnam,
who now loved gardening
and taking care of his dogs.

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