3/3 RVN on the Internet
Back around 10 years ago, Larry Wilson began a 3/3 home site.
Richard Duprel followed up with a 1965 tour site (original Nam crews).
In 1999 Doc Russ Jewett created a site on his ’67 tour with Lima.
In 2000 Bart began the Mike Co. site, and Bob Neener began a Lima Co. site. ThirdMarines.net was developed, later renamed 33USMC.com.
A year or so later, Doc Hoppy began an India and a Kilo site. Ted Phelps took over the India site shortly thereafter.
Jeff O’Donnell created a new Mike site and Doc pitched in to assist with it, saving much of the old one.
Several others have created web pages on 3/3 too, including Chuck Percherke’s tour pages and Les Johnson’s Memorial pages.
There are some 1,000 plus alumni created web pages on 3/3 on the internet. All can be accessed via www.33USMC.com (links).
Over a year ago our programming was sabotaged for our search engine, but it is being rebuilt and should be accessible fairly soon (if not already since this is written in late December).
Ton’s of info and history is available!
Most of the above sites are on the back cover of this newsletter, plus on our links pages. They are easy to use and hold thousands of pictures and stories.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
My life has been different since I’ve returned to the states. At first, I was just happy to be home and everything seemed to be ok. But now things have started to change. Now I dream about the things that happened while I was there, and I can’t quit thinking about some of the things I saw. It’s on my mind all the time.
At night I am frightened to fall to sleep because of the nightmares. The only way I am able to sleep is by taking a few drinks. I know this is wrong, but what am I to do?
My wife and children seem to be frightened of me. I guess this is because I get angry at the smallest thing. I can’t even keep a job because I get angry and quit or get fired.
My family and I used to have fun. My wife and I used to go places together and we did things as a family. But now I just want to stay at home. Home, is the only place I feel safe. My family and friends don’t understand what’s wrong and I can’t explain it to them because I don’t know.
I don’t know why I get nervous when I see a group of people clustered together. I just get this weird feeling in the pit of my stomach. I don’t care if it is people on a street corner or people in a restaurant. The few times I have been out with my wife to a place like a restaurant I find myself setting with my back against the wall. I just feel more comfortable that way.
When I drive I find myself watching every car I meet and every car that is setting at an intersection. Even if I am driving out of town on a highway I get very nervous when I see a cluster of buildings or a tree line in the distance. I once thought I was having a heart attack because my heart started to beat rapidly and my legs and arms became weak and all those butterflies were in my stomach. I only drive when I have to now; I let someone else drive if at all possible. This way I can watch everything going on around me.
My wife says that I am becoming compulsive. I guess one of the reasons she said this is because I find myself getting up several times a night to check the doors and windows. I do this even though I know that I locked them. I do this because I just feel like I have to. I can’t explain the feeling; it’s just there.
And now I have even got to the point that I keep a weapon near. At first it was just by my bed, but lately I have been carrying it in my car. This is dangerous, and I know it’s wrong and eventually I will get in some kind of trouble. But I feel better when it is near.
My family wants things to be like it was before and so do I. But I don’t know what is wrong with me. So, what do I do? Where do I go for help? Who can I talk to?
Many veterans and even some active duty personnel may be able to relate in some form or fashion to the above statement. If so, you may be having the symptoms and associated symptoms of a condition known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
The following information was obtained from several different psychological texts. Since the reference materials are written for an individual who works in the mental health field and some of the wording has been changed to help insure that whoever reads this information will understand it.
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a psychological condition that reflects the development of characteristic symptoms following exposure to extremely devastating traumatic events. Basically, PTSD is a stress and anxiety disorder that occurs to an individual when the individual tries to react in a normal manner to an extreme abnormal event.
According to the definition of PTSD to qualify as having PTSD you must meet the following criteria.
You have been exposed to a traumatic event involving actual or threatened death or injury, during which you respond with panic, horror, and feelings of helplessness. (Note: Some individuals have a tendency to misunderstand this symptom of PTSD. They see the word “panic” and they read no further. This symptom of PTSD includes all individuals, men, women, and children. If you are in the military and involved in a combat situation your training and normal survival instincts allow you perform.)
You re-experience the trauma in the form of dreams, flashbacks, intrusive memories, or unrest at being in situations that remind you of the original trauma.
You show evidence of avoidance behavior, a numbing of emotions and reduced interest in others and the outside world.
You experience physiological hyper arousal as evidenced by insomnia, agitation, irritability or outburst of rage.
The symptoms in Criteria B, C, and D persist for at least one month.
The symptoms have significantly affected your social or vocational abilities or other important areas of your life.
The above symptoms are basically direct symptoms of PTSD but there are many associated symptoms of PTSD. An individual can have PTSD without having any associated symptoms but in most cases, an individual will exhibit at least one or more of the associated symptoms. If you demonstrate any of the symptoms below and begin to seek treatment please make certain that the person initiating the treatment is aware that you have been involved in a traumatic event. If not informed, there is the possibility of acquiring the wrong diagnoses and the treatment for PTSD may be delayed. Below you will find a list of some of the more common associated symptoms of PTSD.
Self destructive and impulsive behavior
Feelings of ineffectiveness, shame, despair,
A loss of previously sustained beliefs
Feeling constantly threatened
A change from the individual’s previous personality characteristics
Major Depressive Disorder
Substance abuse and related disorders