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A Veteran's Story

To the Editor:

''Playing Poker With Veterans,'' by Bruce Holbert (Sunday Review, Feb. 26), confirmed my own sense of what it is to be a veteran.

I was often asked what I thought about the political debates surrounding the war when I was in Vietnam. I tried to explain that being in a war zone compelled one to focus on immediate, practical concerns -- so much so that politics became abstract to the point of irrelevance.

As one of Mr. Holbert's fellow poker players says, ''I

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