Looking Back: My Life as a Disabled Combat Vietnam Veteran


  • Ken Pitetti


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.”




How to Cite

Pitetti, K. (2017). Looking Back: My Life as a Disabled Combat Vietnam Veteran. Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping, 19(2), 5–10. Retrieved from https://reflectionsnarrativesofprofessionalhelping.org/index.php/Reflections/article/view/1596