When I was drafted, the Army assigned me an MOS (job title) of Operating Room Specialist. I do not know exactly what criteria they used, but I suspect it had to do with education and the testing that was given to us. Some with higher education were assigned to tanks or infantry so sometimes there did not appear to be logic to these assignments..... Luck of the draw. As I had completed my first year of law school, I felt I would be assigned to be a law clerk in JAG, but it was not to be.
No, I did not. After Basic Training in Ft. Polk, La. I was sent to Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio for Medic Training, and then to Ft. Sill in Okla. for Operating Room training. The training was extensive.
Yes, I was one of the lucky ones. Perhaps it was because I was a bit older than some of the soldiers and had the experience of undergraduate and law school. Perhaps it was because I was so angry at the injustices that were happening. Whatever the reason, my Vietnam experience actually strengthened me. Even to this day, it gives me the strength to fight for my clients against large insurance companies and injustices and to speak out when things are wrong. I see things differently than most others and usually do what is right in spite of the odds and consequences. Our saying was, “what are they going to do, send us to Vietnam? ”
I have used my Vietnam experience as a foundation to make my own path and not to follow others. I also am very skeptical of what we are told by the media and often by the government, especially when they try to justify military involvement. Usually, it is the same tune, different verse.
Possibly. I think it had more to do with maturity and internal fortitude. It is not unusual for Veterans of Vietnam, and Iraq/Afghanistan to suffer from Post Traumatic Stress. It is very real and it occurs in most who have served.
They don’t, not ever....the lucky ones learn how to deal with it. The 58,000 Americans who died in Vietnam didn’t even have that chance.