During the Vietnam war a soldier faithfully wrote letters home to his mother every week so she would know he was all right. But one week she didnâ€™t get a letter and immediately began to worry. Within a couple of weeks she got a letter from the Army saying that her son’s plane had been shot down over North Vietnam.
Her son had been captured and was being held in a Vietnamese Prisoner-of-War camp. They assured her that her son was in good health and that they had no reason to believe the American POWs were being mistreated in any way.
A few weeks later the woman finally received a letter from her son. It read: â€œDear Mom, Try not to worry about me, they are treating us well and Iâ€™ll be released as soon as the war is over. Make sure that little Teddy gets the stamp for his stamp collection. Your loving son, Johnâ€
The woman was overjoyed to hear the news, but was confused because she had no idea who â€œlittle Teddyâ€ was. She decided to steam the stamp off the envelope and have a look. When she peeled back the stamp, she saw there was a small message scrawled on it in tiny misshapen writing. It read: â€œTheyâ€™ve cut off my hands!â€