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On Killing - Section 7, Killing in Vietnam: What Have We Done to Our Soldiers? : Killing in Chapter 3, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and The Cost of Killing in Vietnam Summary & Analysis

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By the late 1990s, estimates were that at least 400,000 Vietnam veterans suffered from PTSD. The author refers to a woman named Claire. She had served as a military nurse in Burma and gone through the entire experience and decades that followed with no ill effects. When the Gulf War began, she developed PTSD symptoms. Safe disclosure, lots of bonding time and strong social support really can and does heal PTSD sufferers and proper support on the battlefields of war can and will prevent the mental ailment from setting in.

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