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  •  I'm probably being a bit dense, but what sort of (2+ / 0-)
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    geo-political events caused strain in Germany then?  (to preface, not doubting his issues at all, moreso seeking to learn).

    Berlin's status was pretty well settled by '50 and, my European history, rusty as it may be, tells me that the time period was when the Treaty of Friendship was signed and the early predecessors of the EU began to coalesce.  For Western Europe, not a horrible time overall, although of course Eastern Europe experienced a wholly different history.

    The obvious answer is Vietnam, but that's on the other side of the planet.

    Again, not doubting at all; my bigger concern is rooted in the fact that I see a lot of veterans through my work, many of them who are not even going to acknowledge being vets without prodding, let alone talk about their service-related injuries and needs; we are an accidental service provider of last resort, of sorts (sadly), and I need to be better at identifying and screening these folks...

    I also like the idea of contacting this individual's members of Congress - most established members seem to have a predetermined system of dealing with veterans' claims; sad that this is even needed, I suspect that it started after Vietnam, but not sure.

    "The first drawback of anger is that it destroys your inner peace; the second is that it distorts your view of reality. If you come to understand that anger is really unhelpful, you can begin to distance yourself from anger." - The Dalai Lama

    by auron renouille on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 06:13:23 PM PST

    •  Ah, I see now. Never mind *sheepish grin* (4+ / 0-)
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      I see in another comment that you reference some classified work.  That explains how everything correlates.

      "The first drawback of anger is that it destroys your inner peace; the second is that it distorts your view of reality. If you come to understand that anger is really unhelpful, you can begin to distance yourself from anger." - The Dalai Lama

      by auron renouille on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 06:16:10 PM PST

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    •  Germany was normally the next (3+ / 0-)

      duty station for combat Viet Nam Veterans.. More so than any other area.  Thousands and thousands came right out the jungle and right into Germany.  I know this for fact.  Their problems were huge and they were integrated and served with folks who had never been in combat.   I think of Germany in reference to Nam as a jumping off place or just before place but it was the inbetween for those who were about to or just finished a tour of duty.  Germany had a hot bed of vets trying to cope or in dread of about to start a tour.  It would have an effect.  Germany also payed war games...this affected the ones who came out of war.  Many vets went over the edge or ballistic.  This vet may have witnessed more than is known.

      We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

      by Vetwife on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 07:30:12 AM PST

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