As I have reported before in this blog, I communicate regularly with a man in prison. We’ve been exchanging letters for over three years. We got started when he read one of my books and wrote to me. We’ve been corresponding regularly ever since.
What this man and I have in common is Post-Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI). We both survived combat in Vietnam. We both marvel at how few Americans have any notion at all of what combat is and what damage it can inflict on the human psyche.
Living through combat darkens the soul. The unfading memories of fellow combatants killed in unspeakable ways leave their mark forever. We are damaged men.
But we have each other. Each of us knows that there is at least one other man alive in the world today who knows what it’s like to face death on the battlefield.
We are not alone.