Alfredo Estrada's letter of Jan. 31, "What it means to be American," was very well put. He is to be respected and commended for his devotion to our country.

Our transition home from Vietnam was not an easy one. So from one Vietnam vet to another, I say to Mr. Estrada, “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