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By Lee Hughes
Staff Reporter 

Vietnam War vets treated differently: Lack of respect hit one vet hardest


Last updated 5/30/2019 at 10:19am

Like many retired military service members of his particular vintage, Jerry Herker served a tour in Vietnam during the war. But unlike many others, his experience didn’t result in so much emotional baggage as it did perspective.

“It changes your whole attitude toward life,” Herker said during an interview in his modest split-level Medical Lake home he and his wife, Patti, have lived in for some 40 years.

Herker spent most of his 27-year Air Force career working on aircraft as a maintenance technician, wrenching on everything from small, single engine Cessna O-1 forward observation pla...

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