Originally Posted by Bryan Veis
When I was in the Navy, my best friend was a guy who had been a damage controllman in an aircraft carrier on Yankee Station off the coast of North Vietnam. In addition to having to fight a humongous fire of historic proportions, he and his shipmates were movie-deprived.
Was he on the Forrestal? Every Navy recruit is required to watch the documentary on the USS Forrestal fire during the Damage Control phase of Bootcamp.
As for PTSD, I worked as a clerk at a VA Readjustment Counseling Center in San Bernardino, Ca. I had just gotten off of Active Duty and was going to college and drilling with the Active Reserves. It was a VA Work-Study program where they paid you minimum wage (tax-free though!) for answering phones and filing away records. Anyways, a lot of these guys were WWII, Korean War and Vietnam vets that were seriously sick. Sometimes I would sit in on some of their group sessions and listen to them talk about horrific experiences. A lot of them would break down and cry and then I'd start crying too because I felt bad for them. Some of them were Great-Grandfathers! I was on the fence about PTSD until I worked at that place.