This is episode 03 of RealAcademyOfLife.com – My Military life in the war — as part of my memoirs.
In this episode, I wish to publish my experiences in my real academy of life described by podcast episodes — they can do a better job of providing the content for memoirs that really is part of the podcast of REAL ACADEMY OF LIFE, as well as syndicating it to PODCAST REPORTER.
If I take a look at my life (currently without a bucket list), I would approach this from the perspective of my funeral services. You see, Ordinarily, I would have requested 5 photos to be put on display during my upcoming funeral services:
– Photo of myself with my wife and children (myself as a family man);
– Photo of myself in business attire (showing myself as a business man);
– Photo of myself in my charro attire (showing myself as a folklorico dancer and instructor);
– Photo of myself in my uniform in 1972 (showing myself as a military man and veteran of the war in Vietnam); and
– Photo of my wedding, with all the wedding party (showing myself surrounded by the friends and family who shared the happiest day of my life).
However, in this episode of THE REAL ACADEMY OF LIFE, we will focus on one of these eras in my life — just a part of my experiences in the military when I was a combat infantryman and paratrooper during the Vietnam War.
For the initial discussion points in my life, I would want to include a repurposed podcast episode that focused on combat and camaraderie — which is the title of the episode content that Mack Payne (podcaster with his show of VietnamVeteranNews.com) published in his show with my own thoughts of those two situations.
Then we would want to discuss how I dealt with the return from combat and assimilated myself back into THE WORLD after my tour in Vietnam.
To do this, we will first admit that I had a bad case of PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) when I came back from the war). And then I had a 45-minute discussion in an interview with Mack Payne in the same podcast show (i.e., VietnamVeteranNews.com) in which we discussed my multiple ways of dealing with the PTSD situations after the war. The four main ways of my dealing with my post-war problems and complications were:
- Writing — both nonfiction stories and later podcast and blog content;
- College and graduate education (in a rather obsessive manner);
- Joining and participating in Veterans Service Organizations; and
- Podcasting and blogging.
However, I do wish to mention that there were another few minor experiences that I had while in the Army, especially when I was an instructor in the 82nd Airborne RECONDO school, as well as being a recruiter-canvasser for the 82nd Airborne Division in the West and Southeast of the USA, just before my participation in the deployment of the 82nd Airborne for entering the Yom Kippur war in October of 1973.
In addition, I will also discuss and describe my experiences with my treatment by the VA — the Veterans Affairs (earlier referred to as the Veterans’ Administration) — and the struggles to deal with my physical complications from the war as a disabled veteran.
However, we can deal with those in a later episode of this podcast series called THE REAL ACADEMY OF LIFE).
So, for this long episode, we will first include the 24-minute discussion of combat and camaraderie…and then follow it up with a 45-minute interview with Mack Payne about dealing with PTSD for VietnamVeternanNews.com.
I salute those veterans who fought in the infantry in the Vietnam war, and who experienced the combat and camaraderie.
Thank you for your attention.
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