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Response to Ron Obvious (Reply #8)

Sun Oct 26, 2014, 04:41 PM

9. Suppression of war experience was the norm before Vietnam

It took some VN vets opening up and fighting for VA recognition of war trauma (one type of PTSD) as well as the work of mental health professionals working with a large population of psychologically-affected VN vets to bring change.

I suppressed my war experience for a lot of years. And around the time I had my psychological catharsis and opened up, a well-known pacifist columnist did a WaPo piece about 'Welcome Home' parades for VN vets promoting Reagan's militarism. My reply to him, published in the WaPo with an illustration they added, pointed out the benefit of the parades in bringing more vets out of the closet.

On a side note, a funny thing: When I first joined DU, I mentioned my op-ed WaPo reply in a post, and one member here remembered it. He had done a paper about it in school, and he PM'd me and nailed me by my real name. That was kind of a Twilight Zone moment...

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