MONTEREY COUNTY WEEKLY --- In the U.S. military, the term "stand down" refers to a temporary stop in fighting, maybe for a truce. Retired Army colonel and mental health counselor Tom Griffin lived another interpretation. "Way back in Vietnam," he writes by email, "it was when we came in from [combat in] the jungle to a safe area and got hot food, haircuts, medical, dental. We got to stand down."
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