Steven Marshall en Management Consulting, Directors and Executives, beBee in English Owner • Steve Marshall & Associates, LLC 14/10/2016 · 3 min de lectura · +100

Two Decades & a Wakeup - Redux


Editor's Note: Last week, I introduced you to the eight vets that went back to Vietnam 20 years after they left the first time. This week will cover the journey of healing and realization. Read on and enjoy. As always, you can find all my blog posts from 2013 to the present here on beBee and on my website at http://stevemarshallassociates.com/steves-blog/.

Two Decades and a WakeupTwo Decades & a Wakeup - Redux
Last week, I omitted the hoped-for outcome for this two-week journey in Vietnam in 1989 for eight tormented Vietnam Vets looking to find answers for too many questions. They were also seeking relief from the daily pain of carrying so many horrifying memories from their time in-country in 1967-69. In talking with the group's V.A. psychiatrist, Ray Scurfield, MD, who had studied PTSD his whole career in the Army, believed that PTSD is best treated at the time of the trauma, not 20 years later. Not being possible in this case, the next best thing was to return these vets to the places where the trauma happened and face it onsite with the guidance of the two psychiatrists and the support of the rest of the group. The outcome that he and the other psychiatrist, April Gerlock, MD,  hoped for was new insight into their memories and new learning in how to cope with it in 1989.

The Vets
I mentioned there were eight Vietnam Vets representing all branches of the military; not entirely accurate; the Coast Guard and the National Guard were not represented within this group. They are:
  • Jim K. - Army Infantryman
  • Bill K. - Army Medic
  • Jake L. - Air Force Forward Observer Two Decades & a Wakeup - Redux
  • Bill P. - Navy Corpsman
  • Ed M. - Air Force Military Policeman
  • Dave R. - US Navy Riverine
  • Bob S. - US Marine Corps
  • Mary B. - US Army Nurse
Their Stories and the Healing Process
1. Jim K. arrived in-country in 1968 and like most vets at that time, spent 12 months there, or as vets prefer to say it, 364 days and a wake-up. His trauma began when the other eight "grunts" of his squad drowned during a river crossing, and he survived. His "survivor's guilt" and anger were still with him 20 years later.

2. Bill K. did three tours as a combat medic in Vietnam from 1967 to 1969 and is credited with saving the lives of over 200 men, even while being wounded three times himself. He more than earned the three Silver Stars and three Purple Hearts he was awarded for his bravery and being wounded. Hi