March 30th marks the 39th anniversary of the ending of the Vietnam War……one of the bloodiest and most politically charged wars involving the U.S. military. It’s a day to reflect on veterans across the country who have fought for America in not only Vietnam, but all wars. Today we begin a four-part series about veterans who have served in a variety of wars. In this series Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Luis Giraldo brings us a series of voices of veterans who share why they served and how they continue to heal from their emotional and physical wounds. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FPVietnamLuisGiraldo.mp3]
Post traumatic stress disorder has been in the news lately, but it is nothing new. During the World Wars it was labeled shell shock, and Vietnam veterans to this day suffer from the burden of its effects. As Sergeant Major Corcoran lived it in Afghanistan, hundreds of thousands of soldiers have lived it for the past decades. On Monday, you will hear from John McDaniel, the founder of Wounded Warriors in Action, as he shares how his life now is all about easing the path of those soldiers dealing with the external and internal wounds of the war.