Was watching a snipped of news about a dinner celebration for the masses of POWs returned from vietnam having a 40 yr reunion of sorts and someone in the room (having lunch at denny's) commented that she was surprised that with all the POWs and others from "nam" had to endure compared to what our guys do these days, why we have a lot more PTSD now than we ever did back then..
Went to HS with alot of their sons/daughters, tough Navy BRATS and Navy Wives!!
Perhaps because we know more about it now than we did back then. Few guys are coming home getting hammered and beating their wives as well.
My ROTC Field Training Commandant was a former POW. Whenever he thought nobody was looking, he would get that "thousand yard stare". I'm pretty sure the guy had PTSD, even though he acted calm and even-keeled. The guy had some interesting stories, like how he got shot down by his own bomb. It got stuck in the boundary layer after it was released and it followed his F-4 into the climb away from the target. Five and a half years in the Hanoi Hilton because of a boundary layer problem. That's why we now have Seek Eagle.
"Leave the gun. Take the cannoli." -- Peter Clemenza.
When I was at SOS during fall 1985 remember seeing the assistant commandant at the BX or commissary. I knew he'd been a POW in NVN. I have never seen such a haunted look in anyone's eyes. Saw a picture of him again maybe last week. The haunted look seems to have pretty much gone away. I am glad.
When I came home on my mid-tour from Taegu in 93 my Dad said a neighbor (Korean War Vet) wanted to talk to me. We stopped at his house, maps of Korea on the living room walls. He arrived at a place called Ingi (I believe K-16 AB was there, it's in north korea) in 51. He told me about some of the things he saw while he was there. When his wife pulled into the driveway he stopped talking. There are a lot of guys who have been carrying a lot for a lot of years. The VA hospital where I work is getting more Korean Veterans (even some WWII Vets) opening up about what they went through.
This calls for a delicate blend of psychology and extreme violence. Vyvyan, The Young Ones
Men used to pride themselves on "playing with pain". It's out of vogue.
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