War Trauma: Lessons Unlearned, from Vietnam to Iraq : Vol. 3 of a Vietnam Trilogy

War Trauma: Lessons Unlearned, from Vietnam to Iraq : Vol. 3 of a Vietnam Trilogy

War Trauma: Lessons Unlearned, from Vietnam to Iraq : Vol. 3 of a Vietnam Trilogy

War Trauma: Lessons Unlearned, from Vietnam to Iraq : Vol. 3 of a Vietnam Trilogy

Synopsis

A nationally renowned PTSD authority reveals the psychiatric impact of war on soldiers and veterans, dented or minimized by government and the military. Through efforts to treat veterans of past conflicts he illustrates the inevitability of lifelong psychiatric scars from today's conflicts as well.

Excerpt

This book is written to provide vital information to veterans, their families and communities, and the nation about the full human impact of war — both shorter and longer term. It makes no difference if readers are pro-military or pacifists, for or against the Vietnam or Iraq Wars, or simply concerned citizens. If you are interested in knowing the truth about how past and the current wars affect the participants, their families and America, and want to know what to do — read on.

This book completes A Vietnam Trilogy. The first two volumes, Veterans and Post-Traumatic Stress, 1968, 1989 & 2000, and Healing Journeys: Study Abroad with Vietnam Veterans, together describe more than three decades of the continuing journeys of hundreds of Vietnam veterans who have been indelibly marked by the Vietnam War and its aftermath. The current volume applies the lessons that should have been learned in prior wars. If these lessons are not learned by veterans of subsequent US wars, to include the Persian Gulf and Iraq Wars, untold numbers of additional war veterans and their families will experience needlessly prolonged misunderstandings, loss and pain, and may be tortured with the belief that they are doomed to a life of continuing pathos. It does not have to be so.

It is not essential to first read either Volume 1 or 2 of A Vietnam Trilogy to appreciate the current work. However, the earlier volumes provide an important background and context to the events and developments that characterized military psychiatry in Vietnam — and that remain similar to military psychiatry today. The first two books also shed light on the universality of the nature of the trauma of the Vietnam War and the strategies used to survive during war, as well as the impact on the in-country and post-war lives of veterans. Finally, they illustrate veterans’ return trips to peace-time Vietnam in 1989 and 2000, experiences that were extremely different from each other yet offered lessons about the long-term post-war recovery of war veterans.

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