Don't forget shell shock from WWII
This letter is in response to one about by Glen P. Hendrick about whether post-traumatic stress disorder was a new phenomenon.
Where have you been, Hendrick? How soon everyone forgets. I had a brother-in-law who was in World War II who never came home to his wife. He was put in an institution for the rest of his life. They called it shell shock.
There was a man in the town where my husband lived who would wander the streets every day babbling incoherently who had been in WWII. I am sure there are many more stories to be told if you could get some of those men to talk who are keeping those memories locked up in their minds. What about those who are mean and nasty to their families who need help but won’t get it because someone will think they are weak?
I have a grandson who came back from fighting this war. He was a sniper. He helped our nation but now he has bad memories and lots of stress because he did his job and did it well.
SARA E. REYNOLDS