Today is National Vietnam War Veterans Day: Fly the Flag High
When a lot of these Vets returned from Vietnam, they were called baby killers and spat it. It's about time there is a day to salute these warriors who fought a war they couldn't win. Many of these men returned with PTSD. Some came back but never really left Vietnam.
I recently watched the HBO documentary Wartorn 1861-2010. It traces PTSD all the way back to the Civil War. It is one of the most brutal documentaries I have ever seen. People think PTSD is new because it became an official diagnosis in 1980. Even in World War I they called it shell shock. In World War II they called it battle fatigue. One mother described her son coming back from war in Iraq as her son "being put through a paper shredder. You can try to put them back together but some pieces are missing."
I have had my own battle with PTSD but it's a cold compared to what soldiers deal with.
Fly that flag high.
Veteran's & PTSD Crisis Hotline: 866-382-2287