War And Living With Ptsdby Robert Carson Krause
Robert spent a year humping the boonies as a radio telephone operator in the 25th Division. Through air
Robert was a carefree college student when he was drafted in July 1969. He was soon crawling through the steamed rice patties and fetid swamps of the Mekong Delta around Cu Chi and then in 1970 from April until June, the Cambodia incursion in III and IV Corps.
Robert spent a year humping the boonies as a radio telephone operator in the 25th Division. Through air strikes, firefights, and ambushes, he fought the grunts war; the war the base camp commandos never saw.
Robert captures the terror, anarchy, death, dying and trauma of war. All the bloody horrors that etched into the faces of countless young American men, searing images that would last forever in their minds and would last forever.
Robert was then stationed at Fort Polk, Louisiana (called little Vietnam) as an instructor to train future grunts in Radio Telephone Communications.
Betty and Robert returned to Denver and he completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees.
Robert then went to work on a long list of jobs (28). For the 30 years since he returned, he could not figure out what was happening to him and was hospitalized for suicidal thoughts. He then began the Post Traumatic Stress Program at the V.A. Hospital in Denver and found thousands of "Brothers" were suffering the same truma.
One concern combat veterans realized very quickly was "you never get over PTSD," you only learn how to manage the symptoms.
Thousands of combat veterans have PTSD today as well as the Iraq and Afghanistan soldiers are or will experience.
This book is dedicated to the need to select leaders who believe war is the last solution and to quote Thomas Jefferson: "If a nation expects to be ignorant and free...it expects what never was and never will be."
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Robert Carson Krause presents an insightful portrayal of a family struggling with the ongoing aftermath of Vietnam. Well Done! Krause also writes about his struggle with PTSD and his and his belief that war is a senseless excercise in futility. According to Thomas Jefferson this book is about the need to select leades who believe war is the last solution and to quote him,"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free... it expects whatnever was and never will be." According to the United states department of Veteran Affairs, more than 5.2 million Americans suffer from Post Tramatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD,every year. This Disorder is a severe mental desease that can cause witnesses and victims of war, violent crimes and other traumatic events to believe that they are constantly in danger or send thm into a deep state of anxiety and depression. Robert Carson Krause is a veteran of the Vietnam War and the Cambodian incursion. After this time in the military, Krause began to exhibit many of the signs and symptoms of PTSD and eventually became siucidal-he was admitted to the impatient PTSD Program at the Veteran's Hospital in Denver, Colorado. Krause's first book, titled "War and Living with PTSD," is a semi-autobiographical look at the desease and the effects that it had on his life and the lives of thousands of ther American Soidiers, Marines and veterans. Partially based on a journal that Krause thrpoughout his time in the service and during his treatment. "War and Living with PTSD," will help those soldiers who are returning home from contempary conflicts know and understand the signs and symptoms of the debilitating illness. Krause graduated from the University of Denver with his Masters in Social work, MSW; Clinical Social Worker and has worked in the Field for 30 Years. He also has an under graduate degree in Political Science and was a delagate to the State Convention in 2008 and 1972. Through all of this, his wife has added grounding for Robert and they been married for 40 years, as he feels he would not be here with out her. He also has a son and a daughter, with three grand children and a fourth one on the way. These children, grand children and family has brought a happiness never realized. Robert also is 100% total and permenant PTSD and actively in volved at the Veterans Hospital in Denver, a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans and participates in many Veteran's Organizations.