Letters to the Editor

April 16, 2014

Memories of war

The U.S. has been fighting wars since its beginning.

The U.S. has been fighting wars since its beginning.

The wars were to establish and preserve freedom.

Many young men have died fighting for freedom. Many have returned home with injuries.

Some injuries cannot be detected; they are carrying memories of seeing their friends and fellow warriors killed or captured.

In WWII, Korea and Vietnam, young men were drafted into the military. There was no mention of “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder,” only shell shock, or “he got his head all messed up in the war.”

Most veterans did not get treatment for PTSD, just put into mental institutions were they were forgotten.

The citizens of this country need to realize that veterans come home with memories of what has happened in battles. What they have seen would send most civilians into orbit.

But the veterans don’t show any reaction to what is in their mind. They could carry it with them until they die or let it all out, which could be fatal.

Veterans need the help of everyone to prevent a tragedy like what happened at Fort Hood. We need to come up with a solution to help our veterans.

It starts with their families, their faith in God and compassion for our vets.

— Gilbert Ginn,


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