health workers at readjustment counseling programs for
researchers have assumed that since women and men lived through the same war,
their reactions to it would have been the same. According to SHAD MESHAD, a former army psychologist in
However, the delayed stress syndrome is recognized not only as a man's illness, but also as a woman's. The syndromes range from mild to severe delayed reactions to the stress of war. They include depression, flashbacks, nightmares, guilt, anxiety attacks, suicidal tendencies, migraine headaches, spontaneous anger, alcohol or drug abuse, inability to concentrate, inability to sustain relationships, and avoidance of intimacy. (35)
syndrome is not peculiar to the Vietnam war. People come out of all wars suffering similar reactions. It is generally if not universally
acknowledged, however, that the circumstances of the war in
VAN DEVANTER now works in
many other veterans’ representatives, intake worker DEBORAH J. HERBEL showed
her deep anxiety when referring to President RONALD REAGAN's budget cuts. According to her, more
to Congressman BONIOR of
four veterans’ programs to which he referred are the Readjustment Counseling
Program, The Disabled Veterans Outreach, The Veterans’ Cost-of-Instruction
Program and the Targeted Technical Assistance Program. From his perspective, the most important
program being cut is VA's Operation Outreach, which funds some 91 readjustment
counseling centers around the country. Continuing to address the House of Representatives, Mr BONIOR said
"The irony of the proposed cut is, perhaps, clearer to us all in the light
of the recent return of the hostages from
Our government spends billions during the war to provide the best protection for military personnel, with all kinds of equipment, ammunition, supplies, and medical treatment. Then after they have served, the veterans are forgotten and isolated.
is the responsibility of the American people and the Government to acknowledge
the inherent problems of returning war veterans. Let the veterans know their suffering is not
useless -- that their time in
These returnees need acceptance, understanding, and support systems to regain their trust in our people and our Government. They must regain their pride and self-respect. The Vietnamese people are grateful for the service the American Veterans performed. Why not the same gratitude from their fellow Americans?
* Note: This article appeared in Vietnamese in _______[publication] in 198_.
"Psychologist Arthur Egendorf discusses why his fellow veterans can't get
Meyer, Norma, Ex-Nurse recalls the nightmare of
Smith, Marcia, "Wartime experiences change nurse's life," Dallas Times Herald,
Logan, Gary J. "Fighting loneliness," The Subway Rider's Magazine,
Earley, Pete, "The forgotten women of the Vietnam War," The Washington Post,
Van Devanter, Lynda M. "In memory of the young bleeder, the children, the
(9) Gunson, Kathy, "Letters from a woman veteran," Oregon Veteran's Forum, March 1979, Volume II, No.5, p.8
Continelli, Louise "Williamville nurse recounts
Meyer, Norma "Actress confronts post-Vietnam syndrome," Daily Breeze,
Connolly, Lisa, "Delayed shock of a G.I. entertainer," Los Angeles Times,
“Scandal of the heroines of
(18) Earley, article cited in note 7 above.
Hendrix, Kathleen "Women Vietnam Vets seeking peace of mind," The
Eric, Bahrt, "Women vets still fighting for rights," The News World,
(21) Connolly, article cited in note 16 above.
(22) Earley, article cited in note 7 above.
Kafer, Kathy, "
(25) Eric, article cited in note 20 above
Elvenstar, Dianne "Mary comes marching home," Los Angeles Hearld Examiner,
(28) Earley, article cited in note 7 above
(29) Star, article cited in note 17 above
(30) Elvenstar, Diane, article cited in note 27 above
(31) Earley, article cited in note 7 above
(32) Kafer, article cited in note 23 above
(33) Dullea, article cited in note 2 above
(34) Earley, article cited in note 7 above
(35) Hendrix, article cited in note 19 above.
Herbel, Debora, "Interview at
House of Representatives, Congressional
Record, Proceedings and Debates of the 97th Congress, 1st Session,