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This Site: Is no substitute for competent professional help if you suffer from the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  This site is intended to be a practical guide to a very real and pervasive problem found among combat veterans.  It is offered as an instrument of self-help and awareness.  I am interested in your thoughts on this site and on how to make it more useful.  I may be contacted at


If you are in crisis requiring immediate attention please contact the VA National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.


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Acknowledgment:  A special thanks to my friends in the mental health and VA communities for their help and encouragement over the years.   To the countless veterans who have shared with me their feelings and combat experiences, I extend a most sincere and heartfelt thanks.  This site is dedicated to my fellow Vietnam veterans.  Their sacrifices during our war and in the years since has inspired this site. 

The Author in Vietnam - 1969

The Author: Richard E. (Rick) O’Dell is a former director of the Virginia Department of Veterans’ Affairs; a past national officer of Vietnam Veterans of America; a combat veteran of Vietnam, where he served with the 919th Engineer Company, 11th Armored Cavalry as a tank gunner; and co-author of two books on veterans’ rights and benefits: The Viet Vet Survival Guide (Ballantine Books, 1985) and Veterans Benefits:  The Complete Guide (HarperCollins, 1994).  After more than twenty-five years of professional service to the veteran community, Rick lives in Virginia.

"Fear always springs from ignorance."

  Emerson, The American Scholar

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