An update on an earlier blog post, from February of this year. Rob Honzell, Sr., M.S.'s book, First Person: Combat PTSD, is now available at Amazon.com. It's Honzell's account, in his own words, of what his Vietnam experience was like, and how they've affected the ensuing years since. Not sure how much of it relates specifically to PTSD, despite the title -- I've just started leafing through it -- but to the extent that it's written by a Vietnam veteran who's been coming to terms with what he experienced ever since, it's worth knowing it's out there, and maybe seeing if your local library will buy a copy, to keep the Vietnam experience alive so we can keep learning from it.
It's also fair to say, not many people are able to write about their own experiences with PTSD - it's just too devastating. We mentioned the other day a book that's just come out by an Army Ranger, Nate Self, about his Two Wars: with insurgents and with his own PTSD -- from the current OIF/OEF conflict. With hundreds of books about the wars in our collective lifetimes, the just aren't many that address this topic directly, by people who've experienced PTSD. Let's hope these are the start of many more contributions to the first person narrative literature on the subject.