A Vietnam Trilogy: Veterans and Post Traumatic Stress, 1968, 1989, 2000

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CHAPTER 8. AFTERMATH AND REFLECTIONS
After we returned from our trip, the emotions kept running in high gear, and not least because:
Two of the vets lodged official complaints about my behavior in Vietnam.
It was reported that a VA psychiatrist observed one of the veterans making a serious threat to kill me in front of another VA staff member.
The group made an emotional return to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC and filmed a tension-filled special with Ted Koppel on Nightline.
Vets back home reacted strongly to our trip, many of them negatively
The editing process to finalize the PBS documentary took over a year — with every decision as to what to keep and what to cut affecting each one of us very deeply.
Several filmmakers contacted us to express their interest in procuring the rights to produce a movie about our return trip. The discussions among the group members inevitably tapped into our various self-centered interests about having our lives featured in a major film.
Oh, yes, and we each had our professional and personal lives to pay some attention to…

I did much reflecting about the trip, about what I had learned — and not learned — about taking vets with varying levels of severity of PTSD back to Vietnam, and worked to refine my conclusions and recommendations for any

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