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PTSD: The Hidden Legacy of War

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Patti Katter and Amanda Flener

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Carol Vento, daughter of a 82nd Airborne paratrooper, Arthur Dutch Schultz, who was portrayed in The Longest Day and written about in World War II history books, grew up in a world where veterans did not talk about what we now commonly refer to as Post Traumatic Stress.  

 

Realizing that the struggles of combat veterans of that war have not been recognized, Carol decided to write the book, The Hidden Legacy of World War II.  The book shares her father’s experiences on D-Day, Market Garden, and the Battle of the Bulge, together with the seldom told story of how the lasting consequences of the trauma of World War II impacted her family.  Her father’s unacknowledged PTSD led to family turmoil and trauma, and Carol felt it necessary to fill in the missing pieces of the commonly accepted societal view of World War II veterans as stoic and unwavering.  She opens our eyes to a more complete portrait of the World War II warrior.

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