Lost in Vietnam
Hi guys, I have been spooking around this site for a few years now, mostly about routing and woodworking but yesterday I had the shock of my life, and I just don't know exactly where to go, or what to do, who to talk to?
So a bit of background, I am an old fart of 63, I grew up on a ND Farm, and instead of finishing High School, I married and joined the Army. My first wedding aniversery found me in Oakland on my way to Vietnam. I did my time over there with the Engineers rebuilding highways, building fire bases and such, I was a communicator so mostly I just ran the radio or teletype machines, what ever was needed. Did 14 months with a break to come home when my son was born. When it was time to come home, I studied for a long time on weather to stay for another year, or go home. The thoughts of my wife and son pulled me harder then the thoughts of leaving my brothers in the unit, we were so close nit it was like nothing I had ever experienced before but I came home. I often wondered what happened to those wonderful fellows I served with, drank with, and fought beside when necessary until yesterday. I had joined a site called "Together we Served" that covers both my military service and my 20 years serving as a police officer. Yesterday I dropped by the military side, and found a place I hadn't been on that site listing fellows from my unit. It was then I discovered that something awful must have happened about three weeks after I left as the names of many of my comrades were listed as "fallen in battle". Hit me like a brick, now I know why I could never find them on the web looking at their home town papers and such. Really threw me for a loop, I have just finished about a year in therapy for PTSD from over there, now this. Have to see how it goes I guess, I hate to go back in therapy again as it's a 175 mile drive each way to the VA from where I live, and once a week is costly. Especially since the VA says the PTSD is from the police work and not my service in Nam.
oh well, thanks for providing me a place to vent, I need that more then anything.