part of the reason for the difference in response to the trauma of the two different wars is partly because of the state of affairs back then relative to the mental health field and to the overall culture of the war effort. the symptoms were there for many of the veterans of the d-day, and other wwII battles, but many things contributed to the difference. part of it was the "debriefing" time. part of it was the culture of the time. by that i mean that the 40's were a totally different time and place. there was the "old school" mentality that still worked on victorian values, there was the infant state of the mental health profession, broadly speaking that is, and there was a heroic element that was in wwII that was lacking in the popular mind of the vietnam era. we as a nation just came out of the great depression because of the war, victorian ideals were in the "john wayne" kind of mold...men were men and did not balk at duty, so to speak. the vietnam war introduced wholesale slaughter of combatants and innocents. the most disturbing sign for me from that time period was the reaction of the parents to the kent state massacre. there was published studies about the violence and its aftermath from kent state. the majority of the parents interviewed for the series of studies said they wished their own children had been there and had been shot. i kid you not, this was a research study published in a professional journal.
the wwII vets did suffer ptsd, as did the vietnam vets, but it was a different time and a different place for both. take care.
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