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emandg

Vietnam Artillery Ptsd

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I was an artilleryman in Vietnam from '69 to '70. Besides the usual incoming and sapper probes, I was in an attack on an LZ that was hit by a regiment of NVA. In the end we had about 25 firendly KIA"s and buried over 100 of the NVA in a mass grave (after burning them with diesel of course). Thre seems to be a running thing that 11b's are the only ones that saw comabat in the 'nam. Hats off to them, I respect them no end. We artillerymen were in the fight also and did not get any recognition unless we were lucky enough to be liked by the NCO's and got a ARCOM or Bronze Star...or unlucky enough to be hit. I guess that's why people looked at me and said B.S. when I got back and told them about that night and others. I kept it stuffed for 40 years and am now seeking help for it.

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you will probably need the daily unit reports or any after action reports from that day to substantiate your claim there are a lot of people that have SC PTSD that are not 11B they even grant it to veterans that were involved in non combat stressor incidents hard to believe but they do it all the time you just need evidence that it happened

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emandg - welcome! I was an 11B and I respect anyone who served . . . period. To the 11B's who claim to have been in it 24/7, I say BS!!! Most were routine boring patrols, interlaced with moments of shear terror. I know some FB's had it worse than us, sometimes, and some had it easy, especially when on R&R, but for most the bases were hit once in a while. Anyway, welcome and good luck w/your claim!!

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I was an artilleryman in Vietnam from '69 to '70. Besides the usual incoming and sapper probes, I was in an attack on an LZ that was hit by a regiment of NVA. In the end we had about 25 firendly KIA"s and buried over 100 of the NVA in a mass grave (after burning them with diesel of course). Thre seems to be a running thing that 11b's are the only ones that saw comabat in the 'nam. Hats off to them, I respect them no end. We artillerymen were in the fight also and did not get any recognition unless we were lucky enough to be liked by the NCO's and got a ARCOM or Bronze Star...or unlucky enough to be hit. I guess that's why people looked at me and said B.S. when I got back and told them about that night and others. I kept it stuffed for 40 years and am now seeking help for it.

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Welcome to Hadit. The VA is making it easier to be connected to PTSD and Hadit can help you flesh out a claim that should help. The main thing is that you earned your benefits by your service.

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I spent some time at a fire support base with 155's and 105's firing all day and night. That was enough to give me a case of nerves. Anybody shooting those guns must have hearing problems now. If there is any record of this attack and you can produce it you should be OK. Can you get statements from buddies?

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Welcome Emandg. You will find a lot of helpful information here.

I was in Vietnam in '70-'71, serving as a FO during my first 8 months there. I have a pretty good understanding of what you went thru and I understand about the lack of recognition. My first 5 months there were fairly uneventful but then it was like a dam broke with 3 consecutive traumatic experiences that changed my life. I waited until 2007 to seek any help with my problems. It's good to read that you are seeking the help that you deserved to have long ago.

Welcome to Hadit and Thank You for your service!!

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