Looking Back: My Life as a Disabled Combat Vietnam Veteran

  • Ken Pitetti
Keywords: Vietnam, PTSD, survival guilt, self-medication, camaraderie, spousal support, resilience, memorial


This is my personal account and perspective as a disabled Vietnam combat veteran. My intent is to provide insights into how I handled the unique challenges of (1) coming home to an intolerant welcome of antiwar protests and marches, (2) fighting in a war with no ideological basis and no final resolution of conflict, and (3) left with little to no support in coping with the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder including isolation, rage, survival guilt, sleep disturbances, nightmares, and “flashbacks.”