Alfredo Estrada's letter ("What it means to be American," Jan. 31) was very well put. You are to be respected and commended for your devotion to our country.

Our transition home from Vietnam was not an easy one. So, from one Vietnam vet to another, “Welcome home, Brother. Thanks for serving.”

 To all the wonderful people in our country that say to our servicemen and vets, “thanks for your service.” We veterans of all eras appreciate the respect.

 — Mike Purdy, Bakersfield