Vietnam veteran and Brighton native Jose Gonzales was the impetus for a new Vietnam veteran memorial planned for Brighton.
Vietnam memorial will honor Brighton veterans

It’s difficult for Vietnam veteran Jose “Moner” Gonzales to talk about his military service.

The 67-year-old Brighton native was 18 when he was drafted into the war. He worked as a combat demolition specialist for the U.S. Army, where he built bridges, bunkers, and landing zones for helicopters before being honorably discharged in September 1970.

But when Gonzales came home, he said he reeturned to a country that was not supportive of its veterans.

“They spit on us and called us names when we got home,” Gonzales said.