A War With No Name: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, a Survivors Story

 
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A War With No Name Dr. Art Schmitt Cdr Art Schmitt USN Retired Summary When I was 15 years old I watched a Marine fighter plane fly over my girlfriend's lake house in New Jersey. In that short, but thrilling, moment I made the decision to become a pilot, and I spent most of the subsequent years either dreaming of that goal or actively pursuing it through the passionate study of aviation. As fate would have it, I would follow my dream all the way to the U.S. Navy, where I would first fly fixed-wing aircraft and then, ultimately, helicopters.The Vietnam War—a.k.a. the War With No Name—began for me in 1965 when I was stationed on the USS Yorktown leading helicopter search and rescue missions into North Vietnam. I later served a second tour in Guam flying hellos and DC-4's, as well as participating in logistic flights between Saigon and Danang. Though these experiences added to my knowledge and confidence in military matters, nothing could have prepared me for my third tour in Southeast Asia. This final tour, taking place at the height of the war in 1969, and in which I flew helicopter gun ships over the dangerous jungles of South Vietnam, would prove to be the bloodiest and most horrific one so far. It would also be what would eventually cause me to develop Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in my later life.Woven into this book are true stories from my 22 years in the Navy, including some of my hundreds of combat missions which resulted in 21 Air Medals, a Bronze Star, a Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and a Vietnamese air medal. There is the story of my flying Jimmy Stewart around the island of Guam and of training several of the Apollo 17 astronauts. Finally, I deal with the issue of PTSD, describing some of my own personal battle with the disorder; I end the book by introducing a psychological theory to help others cope with PTSD. Added on as an Appendix is a speech by Admiral Kevin Delaney, a fellow veteran and close friend, given to the Aircrew combat veterans at the Seawolf reunion in Jacksonville in 1968.

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Art Schmitt was born in Brooklyn, NY. He served his country as a Naval Aviator for 21 years during which time he received The Distinguished Flying Cross, a Bronze Star, 21 Air Medals, 2 single action air medals, Presidential Unit Citation, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, and a Vietnamese air medal. He received his Ph.D. from U.S.I.U. in San Diego, CA in 1976. In 1978 he was listed in Who's Who in the West for inventing an alcoholism education game, "Beat The Drinking Game." He was a registered psychologist in California and Florida and licensed Marriage Family Therapist in Georgia, Kentucky and Oregon. Art is a certified flight instructor to the NASA Space Program. He is also certified to teach courses in counseling psychology, organizational development, military science, health and physical care services. Art is a psychologist, lecturer, teacher, author, consultant, and has a commercial pilot's license. He has worked in the corporate environment as a Vice President of Human Resources. In 1988 he established his own business, Business Team Builders, a Human Resources Management Consulting firm. One of his current contracts is with the Social Security Disability Administration where he acts as an Expert Witness. Art is married and he and his wife currently reside in Charleston, SC.

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