Post Script to Duty
To Norton(kel): Welcome home, sir. Thank you for your service and you know I really mean that!
To FatherX: I'm certain you know that people deal with events differently. I didn't speak of my experiences for 18 years and, one day, my cup was too full and it spilled. I told my wife about the "demons" that visited occasionally. I know now that I probably had a mild form of PTSD. Once unburdened, I've never been troubled by what I saw and did in Vietnam. War changes you and when you get home, it's almost surreal. The environment of your youth hasn't changed but you aren't a kid anymore. Eventually, I wrote an essay to my daughters detailing my experiences at the orphange at An Lac and a few other "lessons learned" in Vietnam. I told them no stories of combat. Those are locked away in a place where no visitors are permitted. Your dad may talk about it one day . . . or maybe not.
Thank you all for your kind comments about this report. I also thank the moderators for allowing this opportunity.
mikegc screwed with this post 09-06-2011 at 05:32 PM