|Things like this piss me off ...|
by CJ Heck
A Special Caution: If you go to a mental health professional to get help for PTSD, or any other military service-related issues, make sure they are experienced in helping veterans, specifically Vietnam veterans ...
The following is a conversation between myself and a so-called "professional" in a national military mental health group where I post to foster awareness of Vietnam veterans and what they deal with now, as a direct result of their military service. For obvious reasons, I will not use his name.
The specific post the conversation was about: My Experiences In Country: by Dannie Watkins
MH "Professional" [directed to Dannie about his blog post]:
Your words are false. Your scars mean nothing. Being wounded should have been expected. It was no big deal.
What? Who the heck is promoting the writing of memoirs as a "good read"? I'm certainly not, and I resent your implication, as well as your pompous attitude.
Writing is therapeutic and that, sir, is a fact.
It's obvious you haven't read the blog, so stop going on and on about it. Read any of the posts these men have written and shared with each other, or don't. That is your choice; but you are out of line to say what he wrote was "bullshit", or that his words were "false".
It is obvious you were never in Vietnam, nor in any combat situation, so there is nothing to be gained by taking a self-righteous stance and spouting facts and figures
I suggest in the future, you make sure your brain is in gear before putting your mouth in motion ...
I don't know for sure, but he may have been removed from the group, comments and all. After sharing this conversation, I may be booted, too, but I thought this was important enough to share with you.
Please be sure, if you go for help for PTSD, that the person you're going to see is familiar with Vietnam veterans and their particular issues.
I don't ever want you to be subjected to someone like this ...
“I am only one, but I am one. I can't do everything, but I can do something. The something I ought to do, I can do, and by the grace of God, I will.” ~Everett Hale
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