Some good news for you, I'm so pleased to see ...
You've got a tremendous and moving life story ... you should start a journal, filled with your memories of your service to your country in Vietnam ...
I was a boy during the Vietnam war ... I remember the soldiers from my hometown, classmates and friends of my father, coming home from Vietnam when I was a boy ... and the sobering realization that not everyone came home alive.
As a boy, you don't understand everything about
war, but it shapes your vision and childhood experiences and I remember the gravity I felt towards the situation ...
My great-grandfather served in World War I and my grandfather served in World War II ... the tears flowed at the cemetery as the bugler played "TAPS" to honor their service ... that's the loyal devotion I feel towards every veteran ...
My life's pathway did not include military service ... my pathway was teaching ... I do my best to convey the loyal patriotism we all must convey towards our country's military history and our veterans ... and you can be assured that all the hundreds of students in my school still proudly say "The Pledge Of Allegiance" every single morning ... my classroom is filled with patriotic memorabilia and American flags.
I went to see the Vietnam War Memorial, after I grew up ... "The Wall" ... a moving experience ... I stood there silently ... there were no words to speak that day, because words could never convey the emotions. If you've never been there, I hope you take a sojourn there someday ... it would be a pilgrimage for you ... moving beyond words.
You mentioned post-traumatic stress disorder --- I am mindful of everything you have endured and everything you have faced from your military service.
In that vein, I have to share something with you --- a good friend of mine trains therapy dogs for veterans --- it has become his passion and life's calling to do this --- he has brought therapy dogs to my school to meet my school children, and to speak about
the work he is doing on behalf of veterans impacted by post-traumatic stress disorder --- his work with the dogs is moving beyond all words, especially when he is telling his story to my school children. He works with these dogs, day and night, to prepare them for their life as future companions for veterans ... a true calling for him, in his work with these dogs.
Just hearing what it takes to train the dogs is inspiring to me ... and you can imagine the emotions my school children feel, when they meet the dogs and hear the trainer's story and devotion to the dogs.
If you are a dog lover, it is something you should consider --- adopting a dog, trained especially for veterans. It's a remarkable, life-changing event, for the dog AND the veteran ... the incredible bond that emerges --- truly life-changing --- just something to consider and mention to you --- or an idea to share with a fellow veteran or comrade that you might know.
These dogs have brought comfort, peace, and solace to thousands of veterans across this great country of ours. I also honor those who train these dogs for our veterans.
Keep looking for the light, Purgatory ! Proud to know of your Vietnam War service to our country and proud to know you as a fellow "Battle Brother" here on the forum !
Handshake across the miles,
CYCLONE TEAM FAN ~ Iowa State University
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Post Edited (ISU-CycloneFan) : 6/11/2016 2:57:32 PM (GMT-6)