WASHINGTON — Vincent Wigfall served four tours of duty in the United States Marine Corps in the Vietnam War. Like thousands of veterans who served in that divisive war and others most recently in Iraq and Afghanistan, he came back a changed man.
Through tears, he told how the effect of killing and seeing friends killed made him angry and made his adjustment to civilian life difficult.
He was homeless for a while. He had a hard time holding jobs. It was difficult to get along with family and friends.
Today, however, was not the day to dwell on that. Today, Wigfall, proudly displaying his Marine medals, badges and pins, joined 600 men and women of the Navy, Air Force, Marines and Army at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in downtown Washington to be honored for their service to get needed services during DC Housing Authority’s third Veterans Stand Down appreciation event.