US Navy (Ret/Dis)
E-5 BM2, 1969 - 1984
Post Vietnam Combat Vet, Served in Nam aboard the USS Nitro (AE-23) 1970-71. Twice re-enlisted, experienced a total nervous break during my twelfth year of honorable service. Was processed out of the US Navy as 100% permanently disabled
I'm doing OK now but believe me, it was touch and go for a few years there. Voices in my head; destructive voices, usually directed toward myself. Spent considerable time as an inpatient of a military hospital and several various VA Hospitals around the country. Even though I was angry and "literally" crazy, my destructive anger was directed at self. I HATED ME... I BELIEVED I deserved to die. And I never forget those hundreds of body-transfer-cases we took to the back-lines after we off-loaded our cargo. 58,000+ American Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Air force personnel did not make it back alive.
God Bless you, My Brothers, and Sisters, and Countrymen. Live in peace !!