Cal State L.A. on Thursday commemorates the upcoming Veterans Day holiday with a forum on the challenges facing soldiers when they return home. The event on the El Sereno campus features a presentation by Noreen Glover-Graf, a professor at the University of Texas-Pan American, who has been studying how the experiences of Vietnam and Iraq war veterans might help predict what the current generation of soldiers will face when they reenter society. The impact, in many cases, will be long term, according to what veterans told Glover-Graf:
“After nearly 40 years many Vietnam vets still sleep with their weapon and still carry them. They still sit with their backs to walls and in view of all the doors whether in a restaurant or a church. They are still angry and still getting in fights/altercations. They returned feeling distant from their families and mostly their marriages and relationships didn’t outlast their symptoms.”
Those insights, however painful, might help in assisting the new wave of veterans. The forum, which is open to veterans and their families, will also include a panel discussion by CSULA veterans.
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