In 1967- 68 I was a track commander with the 11
Cavalry.I started in the Iron Triangle working with the 173
Airborne – OperationJunction City. Then we went north to central I Corp and worked with the25
Marine Division, 101
Airborne, and ROK Marines.In October of ‘67 we were redeployed to the Cambodian border west of LocNinh, working with the 1
Infantry Division and elements of the 101
.During Tet ’68 we joined the 101
in retaking Bien Hoa and then movedback into the Iron Triangle. The last time I got blown up was eight daysbefore I was due to come home.The result of these actions for me was a serious dose of combat inducedPTSD. I sucked up the pain for 12 years. In 1980 I stopped by the VetCenter in Anchorage, Alaska because I thought I was going insane. It wasthere that I began the long journey home.Along the way I wrote a book,
When Our Troops Come Home
, about what itfelt like to try to recover some sense of a meaningful life after combat. Ialso spent eight years as a volunteer and staff counselor at the AnchorageVet Center.American troops are again returning from foreign wars. Again troops andtheir families will struggle to understand and resolve the effects of combat.Across the generations Vietnam veterans are reaching out to welcometroops home – and to make sure that this generation of warriors will nothave to endure what we did.
Life After Combat
is one such effort to help.
Ken JonesF Troop2
Armored Cavalry Regiment