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Newspaper refuses to print ‘not a murderer’ in veteran’s obituary

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PENN HILLS, Pa. – The family of a Vietnam veteran says they are upset after they feel their loved one is being disrespected.

The Vietnam War was controversial, and a lot of the soldiers were met with disgust when they returned to American soil.

David Ryan was one of those veterans.

Ryan’s daughter says when he returned back to the United States, a man called him a murderer and a ‘baby killer.’

Those words stuck with her father for the rest of his life.

In his obituary, Ryan wanted to clear the air and put to rest those hurtful words from decades ago.

However, family members say the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette refused to publish Ryan’s obituary as it was written.

Heather Vargo, Ryan’s daughter, told WTAE that the paper refused to print a line that read “not a murderer, not a baby killer, just a Vietnam Vet.”

She says they still have not received an explanation and are upset that one of his last wishes is being left out of the post.

Even though they paid $400 to the newspaper, the family decided to have the obituary published into another paper to make sure it was exactly what he wanted.