PTSD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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William D. Wenger left for the Marine Corps in June 1967, just after graduating from Admiral King High School in Lorain, Ohio. In November of that year, he left for Vietnam, where he spent 2Ĺ years in brutal combat, including the Battle of Khe Sahn, the bloodiest of the Vietnam War. In April 1970, he received an Honorable Discharge from the U.S. Marine Corps and tried to return to leading a normal life.

William graduated from Lorain Community College in 1973 and went on to graduate from Heidelberg College in 1975. He taught high school for a year before taking over the education program at a local juvenile detention center. His career in social work continued as he was appointed to a state position with the Ohio Youth Commission.

In 1980 he moved from Ohio to Florida, taking a position with a publishing systems company. During the next 33 years he worked his way up the executive ladder. William used alcohol and his career focus to avoid dealing with the unresolved issues from his years in Vietnam. The result was 3 failed marriages and a personal life that wavered with varying degrees of instability.

Following the 9/11 attacks, Williamís life took a yet another volatile turn. His career no longer enabled him to avoid dealing with his unresolved issues. Following a chance meeting with a fellow marine and Vietnam vet, he sought assistance from Veterans Administration. With the help of the VA, he was finally able to find the courage to tell the story of his experiences in Vietnam and the subsequent 40-year struggle with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The writing of this story has been a healing process that has helped him to again live a fuller life. In return, he hopes that sharing his story will encourage young war vets and their families to seek the help they need.


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PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)