Jim Northrup: Let returning Warriors talk to the People

Produced by Nick Vander Puy
Reserve, Wisconsin (www.IndianCountryTV.com)

Jim Northrup served in combat during the Vietnam War.  He's written about his experience in several books, including "Walking the Rez Road."

Every pow wow in Indian Country opens with military veterans dancing in an eagle staff and the colors.  When a feather falls from a dance outfit four veterans dance it up from the ground.

The honor in Indian Country for warriors is palpable.

And yet,  thousands of veterans returning from Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Many are never cared for or treated and end up taking their own lives. 

Drugging, boozing, violence and despair fill their days.

When Northrup returned from walking point in the Vietnamese jungle he suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Back in the sixties, the illness was called combat fatigue, battle shock, or, even many years ago, sword or spear shock.

Northrup suggests the best thing we can do for returning warriors is without judgement listen to them.

"Give returning warriors time to talk.  But don't force it."


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