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  •  As I noted above, read Davo. (3+ / 0-)
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    TexDem, gooderservice, JVolvo

    I am a Viet Nam Vet. I served in Pleiku, Saigon, and Tan Son Nhut. I never experienced unfriedly fire. I have friends who didn't have my good luck.

    After I got interested in PTSD I talked with a couple of those friends.  After Iraq turned sour - about 5 years ago - I told me for the first time that he had PTSD.  It was at first a confession, then a catharsis.  He really opened up to his brother.  For the first time in decades he seems more at peace with himself.

    The thing to do is get that person alone, I mean really alone. Then, talk a little about what you know about Iraq. Ask him what Viet Nam was like - really. He will brush you off. Back off. Later, let him know that whenever he is ready, you want to hear it.  When he is ready, you will.

    Jerry Northington [aka Possum] & Gilda Reed: We need you in DC. Sen. Obama, I think you're ready to step up.

    by llbear on Sun Apr 13, 2008 at 11:38:45 PM PDT

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    •  I appreciate the advice, (1+ / 0-)
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      It sounds good, but I don't think it's something that I would be best suited for or could do. We would definitely clash. I can only think of one person that this vet would talk to... well, brush off and then maybe talk to later, but unfortunately that person is no longer with us.

      I will think harder about what you said and see if I can think of a better person to do it.  I fear it probably is too late now... the personality is set, especially in a rigid defensive mode, and also a manic/depressive style.

      Thank you.

      McCain's learning curve takes decades, and we don't have that kind of time. MLK Holiday? GI Bill?

      by gooderservice on Mon Apr 14, 2008 at 12:31:30 PM PDT

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