More than 350,000 Americans suffered and died in Vietnam and thousands of Vietnam War vets returned with PTSD. Wounds made in the jungles and rice paddies of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia found their way back to the United States, carried there by the bodies, minds, and hearts of our troops. This is a vel about six of them-aging combat veterans-seeking treatment in a V.A. psychiatric ward in Montana. Veterans still bleeding from A Thousand Daggers. Their stories are fictional; their experiences are t. Lieutenant Leonard Lumpy Lundeen crashes into the Emergency Room of the Montana VA Hospital, psychotic as hell. Or is it psychotic in Hell? He can't tell the difference. That's just one of the challenges of this 70 year-old veteran who maintains that he's three-years-old and precocious. Treatment begins immediately: medication and group therapy, the latter including a Butte Italian muscle builder with PTSD, a depressed professor teaching Medieval Literature in a rural college, a suicidal rancher without cattle, an female Iraq vet with traumatic brain injury, and a lecherous department administrator who wants them gone from his hospital. Traumas from the past weave into the problems of the present, creating a myriad of messes that require a crazy man to unravel. - See more at: http: //christophermatthewspub.com/a-thousand-daggers/#sthash.ylcUiHSf.dpuf
Frank C. Seitz is a retired clinical and forensic psychologist who has diagnosed and treated mental illness for both civilians and military veterans. He has written 24 professional articles and three books about the human psyche. He is the author of The Collar: In His Image and Likeness. He lives in Bozeman, Montana.