Fred died today. You probably didn't know Fred and were not aware that he had passed away. Fred's last known residence was a homeless shelter. At one time, Fred served the United States as a soldier in Vietnam. But Fred had a tough time when he came home. The war was unpopular and people associated with the war were not very popular either. Fred had memories. In times past and wars past, troops were welcomed home and supported by friends and loved ones. It eased the pain of war. Fred had memories, but nobody wanted to hear about them. Fred wasn't a returning hero. He did what his country asked and in the aftermath he was treated like a pariah. So, Fred drank. It numbed the pain of being abandoned by his own country. Eventually the drink took over his life. Because of the drink, Fred couldn't hold a job or hold a marriage together. The drink that helped him cope with each new day was also the drink that killed him.
Fred died today. Just another homeless drunk.