Redo of NP 12 Post

I need to clarify what I wrote earlier below.  And I warn you right now I am an old lady who has too much time to think and voices her opinions loudly.

I left out the WHY I watch movies like this one and read the stories, the very few news stories that get through to the public about the people lost in war. I watch them because here I am perfectly safe while every day men and women are being killed and we need to be reminded. 

We lead our lives here as if they aren’t there, fighting, don’t exist, and we all need to realize they are, and take time to think of them. We are wrapped up in our own problems as we pass by a guy wearing a uniform, or an IAVA hat.  We don’t go up and say thank you, or ask when they served (us).  Because they do serve us, here in our busy lives, angry at the traffic light being slow, or the noisy neighbors, or the fact you have a pile of laundry to do.  

It’s only my opinion here, so I mean no offense. I could write a “but” here and we all know what that means. . .can you imagine why PTSD is so prevalent?  To come home after being in those situations and see how we live day to day and they have to rework their brain to fit in? How is that even possible? Okay, I’m done, at least for today.  Original post revised a bit and lecture over.

I watched a movie last night and depressed myself so much I could hardly sleep.  I’ve watched wars depicted in movies all my life.  I’ve always “enjoyed” them, even though that word is entirely inappropriate. The old ones were full of heros and no blood, hardly any portrayal of what really went on.  I remember when Audie Murphy’s story came out, a real person who was actually there.  Then high school and reading required books that told the truth.  Then wall to wall Vietnam on television every night.  MASH was another  eye opener. These days most are true to life renditions.  I realize they are fictionalized to some point and  things are added to entertain.  No one really wants to watch “the real thing”.  
The movie I watched was “Lone Survivor”. Below is a clip of the writer of this story in a “60 Minutes” interview.


3 thoughts on “Redo of NP 12 Post

  1. Lone Survivor is so very difficult to watch. Especially, I think, for those of us who remember wars (note the plural there). My husband was in Nam..and Iraq for desert storm. Once home the changes in him for each was so very different. Nam was soul destroying for the soldiers who served. Not so much with desert storm. There were a couple of bloody battles in Iraq, but it was in actuality a three day war with few casualties. Nam was so much worse. Years of fighting, and the soldiers frustration over taking a hill one day then abandoning it the next. No sense to it at all. I don’t know where I am going with this comment either. I only know that PTSD is father in law, brother in law, husband and son all had or have it. Survivor guilt is so very real and self-destructive. George still struggles. He left behind so many friends. Oh, their bodies (mostly) came home, but the friendships were lost forever for what they see as “no damned good reason”.

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