Posted by Michael Putzel • December 11, 2017
The following article written by KQED reporter April Dembosky and published by California Healthline is republished here with permission of the publisher.
Reverberations From War Complicate Vietnam Veterans’ End-of-Life Care
April Dembosky, KQED
Many of Ron Fleming’s fellow soldiers have spent the last five decades trying to forget what they saw — and did — in Vietnam.
But Fleming, now 74, has spent most of that time trying to hold onto it. He’s never been as proud as he was when he was 21.
Ron Fleming, former helicopter door gunner in Vietnam
Fleming was a door gunner in the war, hanging out of a helicopter on a strap with a machine gun in his hands. He fought in the Tet Offensive of 1968, sometimes for 40 hours straight, firing 6,000 rounds a minute. But he never […] READ MORE
Posted by Michael Putzel • November 01, 2017
Anyone who doubts the impact that war can have on those who fight should sit down and stay there for the 108 minutes it takes to watch Thank You For Your Service, a wrenching new film about a handful of American soldiers who return home after fighting together in Iraq. My wife was overcome and left after twenty minutes. I handed her the car keys and didn’t try to stop her.
Coming home from war
It’s not just the violence, although there are some frightening moments of combat and shocking scenes back home. The film evoked in this viewer an inner pain one cannot escape by walking out of the theater. As a writer who knows of that pain from another war, in Vietnam, it rings so true in places that I […] READ MORE