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Pat McMahon

Updated Apr 14, 2014 - 6:29 am

VA -- MIA

You've all heard the stories about the way servicemen were treated when they returned from Vietnam in the '60s.

Perhaps one of them was a family member.

No one had ever seen anything like it: Uniformed military coming home from a combat zone only to have American civilians spit on them and shout, "Baby killer!" in their faces.

It was an extraordinarily unpopular, undeclared war, but mistreating the participants who were simply following orders was inexcusable. It was a shameful moment in history perpetuated by a minority of badly behaved political activists. It could never happen again; vets are respected now.

Really?

Tell that to the families of the 40 or more veterans who the Arizona Republic said have died waiting for care at our local VA hospital. Let's discuss the pride we, as Americans, have in our military, when suicides outnumber combat deaths due to a lack of counseling. The VA is still stonewalling veterans suffering from exposure to Agent Orange.

So how about if we renew demonstrations, this time outside the VA hospital at Seventh Street and Indian School Road, but instead of "baby killers," this time shouldn't we be shouting, "Soldier killers"?

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author


He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talk-shows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The Mc Mahon Group" features a very unpredictable all-star panel where 3 people from the community get together and give there thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's which talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multi-faceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.

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