|Why is it that so many Vietnam vets have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder compared to vets of other wars, most notably WW2? In WW2, even more friendlies died, even more enemies were killed, etc...but most WW2 vets do not or never had PTSD, while I would argue that most Vietnam vets do.
I have know two Vietnam vets, and both of them have forms of PTSD. One of them passed on recently, but he was a drunk (not trying to disrespect the dead at all) caused from depression from the Vietnam war (he also told me and my friend that he had violent nightmares where he went back inside 'Nam and saw his friends die or where he killed the enemy)...and the other never talked about Vietnam at all and his wife, who was best friends with my Mom, told us that he also had very bad nightmares, he would sometimes cry over what he saw in flashbacks, and would react sometimes react kind of violently if you walked up behind him without him knowing you were there (very weird). I say they had PTSD, but I am no doctor so I can't be sure, but they seem to have the symptoms from what I have read about it.
Also, if this is in the wrong place, I apologize. I am just curious as to why it is and I kind of feel like the government has hung them out to dry by not providing them timely mental care after the war.