A year or so ago, I did an interview with TV & Radio Talk Show Host/Producer/Journalist Karen Allyn, on Montgomery Community Media. She had read my books and knew of my history in Vietnam, and she prompted me to talk about my experiences, including coping with Post-Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI). She emailed me recently to tell me that the interview will be aired again at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, 23 January. Meanwhile, you can hear it at https://www.blogtalkradio.com/fowm/2018/02/23/annamese-by-tom-glenn-focus-of-women-magazine–joslyn-wolfe-a-scammer
After Karen contacted me, I listened to the interview again. Those familiar with my presentations and writings, including this blog, will recognize many of the incidents and issues I brought up. The book I mentioned that I was looking to publish, Secretocracy, will be released by my current publisher, Adelaide Books of New York, in March. The same publisher will bring out my collection of short stories, Coming to Terms, in July.
Listening to the interview made me reflect on how far I’ve come. When I returned to the U.S. after the fall of Saigon in April 1975, I was an emotional and physical wreck. In addition to physical illnesses (amoebic dysentery, ear damage, and pneumonia), I was subject to the worst symptoms of PTSI. I have struggled ever since to come to terms with my unbearable memories of men slaughtered during combat and the monstrosities that occurred during the fall of Saigon. I’ve taught myself to calm my emotions as I remember the atrocities I witnessed and participated in. It worked. I’ve trained myself to react calmly to the memories that are ever with me. I’m to the point that the worst I suffer is occasional crying jags and nightmares.
I’m to the point that I can now start helping others afflicted with PTSI. I’ve agreed to speak publicly about my affliction and how I’ve coped with it. I know that will aid others similarly damaged.
I’m grateful to Karen and others who have encouraged me to deal with and speak openly about the malady. I and other sufferers will be better for it.