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  •  My brother was in Vietnam (8+ / 0-)

    and the sound of helicopters and lawn mowers would cause a flashback.

    And any musty smell.

    My nephew was in the "Invasion of Iraq" and he says the only thing that bothers him is sand.  And growing up in a beach community- it really bothers him that he's lost the fondness of sand- now he can't stand any of it.

    Growing old is inevitable...Growing up is purely optional

    by grannycarol on Sat Dec 10, 2011 at 05:48:52 PM PST

    •  I'm starting to think that should be the title.. (6+ / 0-)

      of my screenplay...

      "The Scent of War"

      All about the ridiculousness of war, and how it never goes away, even after the issues have been "Forgotten."

      One of these days, I'm gonna learn that I'm only really good at convincing people when I'm being a wiseass.

      by detroitmechworks on Sat Dec 10, 2011 at 06:14:17 PM PST

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      •  Recommended reading: Joe Haldeman (4+ / 0-)

        He was a Vietnam vet wounded seriously, who has written about war in a way few can do. I identified strognly with it from not war, but seeing so much carnage in 12 years on the ambulance.

        Not sure if he describes scent triggers, but, as I said before, scents are triggers for me. The smell of mingled blood, gas and transmission fluid sent (and still sends) me into awful tizzies, trying to deal with the randomness of the universe. Scary shit!

      •  It's a good title. (more) (0+ / 0-)

        Makes me want to read it, go see it, whatever.

        And also creeps me out -- which is good in a way. Said to point out that it's a real attention-getter.

        This health care system is a moral atrocity. Dr. Ralphdog

        by AllisonInSeattle on Sat Dec 10, 2011 at 10:17:22 PM PST

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