A study published in the medical journal JAMA Psychiatry found that as many as one in five women who served in Vietnam during the 1960s and 1970s experienced post-traumatic stress disorder at some point in their lives. The study, led by Kathryn Magruder and published on Oct. 7, also found that some still suffer from the condition.
Roughly 20% of the women who served in Vietnam met the criteria for post-traumatic stress at some point in their lives, compared to 12% for those who served nearby, and 14% for those who served in the U.S.
According to the findings, the main cause for post-traumatic stress among subjects was sexual harassment, said Magruder in an email to Reuters.
“It was these experiences — especially sexual harassment and performance pressures — that explained their higher levels of PTSD," wrote Magruder of the higher rates of post-traumatic stress among women who served in Vietnam, compared to women who served in the theater or at home. "We need to work hard to change military culture so that . . . military sexual harassment is not a PTSD risk factor for future generations."
Between 5,000 and 7,500 American servicewomen served with the U.S. military during Vietnam, and at least 2,000 served aboard bases in the region, with 250,000 stationed in the U.S. The researchers collected data from 1,956 women who served in Vietnam, 657 who served near Vietnam, and 1,606 who served stateside between 1965 and 1973.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Charles Kettles was awarded the Medal of Honor July 18, 2016, for his actions while serving as a Flight Commander assigned to the 176th Aviation Company (Airmobile) (Light), 14th Combat Aviation Battalion, Americal Division. Then-Maj. Kettles distinguished himself in combat operations near Duc Pho, Republic of Vietnam, on May 15, 1967. (U.S. Army/Spc. Tammy Nooner)
by Martin Slagter, The Ann Arbor News, Mich.
YPSILANTI, MI - When a brigade of U.S. troops was ambushed by the North Vietnamese Army in the Song Tra Cau riverbed on the morning of May 15, 1967, Lt. Charles Kettles volunteered to lead the rescue, and he refused, again and again, to back down when faced with a barrage of gunfire.
His aircraft badly damaged, left spilling fuel, and his gunner was severely injured during the treacherous operation.
But he helicoptered in and out of the battlefield four times, saving the lives of 44 soldiers in a death-defying emergency operation that would become a legendary tale of bravery in the Vietnam War.
The M160 Robotic Mine Flail at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Photo: Maj. Dan Marchik/U.S. Army
The battlefield of the future could feature robot medics delivering life-saving care to casualties in the line of fire. At least, that's what the Army is aiming for — and it's willing to pay millions for help doing it.
A Chinese tank rolls at the training ground "Tsugol", about 250 kilometers (156 miles ) south-east of the city of Chita during the military exercises Vostok 2018 in Eastern Siberia, Russia, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 (Associated Press/Sergei Grits)
China is developing a lot of new and advanced weaponry, but a recent state media report suggests the Chinese military may not be entirely sure what to do with these new combat systems.
The commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard called the ongoing partial government shutdown "unacceptable" following reports that some Coast Guardsmen are relying on donations from food pantries while their regular paychecks remain on hold.
"We're five-plus weeks into the anxiety and stress of this government lapse and your non-pay," Adm. Karl Schultz said in a video message to service members. "You, as members of the armed forces, should not be expected to shoulder this burden."