Paul Hardcastle’s “Soundchaser” popped up in my iTunes playlist so I googled him and came across this video:
The average age in WW II was 26, in Vietnam it was 19, in Iraq it’s 30. It was also found that more than half those returning from Vietnam were suffering from PTSD, and I’d wager that more than half those returning from Iraq and Afghanistan willl suffer from it too. War is hell. You don’t get dragged through that and not have violent flashbacks.
When you’re that close to it you don’t have the ability to rationalize it so you tuck it away and let it eat at you. My maternal grandfather saw the horror of WW II and it affected him profoundly. But they never knew about PTSD when WW II vets came home. Granted, they were taken better care of than those in Korea, Vietnam, Gulf I, or Gulf II.
The proverbial crap is going to hit the fan soon.