Vietnam, Ptsd, USMC, Black-Americans and Me by John H. Jordan

four stars

jordanJohn H. Jordan details his time serving in Vietnam, and the aftermath of how the conflict affected the rest of his life. Part memoir, part non-fiction account that delves into the commonplace of soldiers suffering from PTSD after returning from Vietnam, this book paints a realistic picture of how damaging this war really was. With a title like Vietnam, Ptsd, USMC, Black-Americans and Me, it’s rather evident from the start that this book is going to be exploring a lot of topics, and the contents inside do not disappoint. Jordan thoroughly describes the hellish aspects of war, especially a terrifying conflict like the Vietnam War, where conditions were often rather atrocious. The author researches why so many U.S. veterans who served in this conflict were haunted by psychological nightmares for years and years after leaving Southeast Asia. Some studies show that upward of 271,000 veterans are suffering from PTSD, with many of their symptoms getting worse as time goes on.

While the book is a study on veterans, soldiers, and Vietnam itself, the author also filters his unique perspective throughout the book, offering anecdotes about what it meant to be an African American man fighting in this conflict. Jordan details how he served in the United States Marine Corps for six years, eventually being honorably discharged from the military after serving in the Vietnam War. The narrative is well-organized and clearly well-thought out. While the topics offered are plenty, the author does a good job of connecting the various subjects together in a streamlined way that provides an interesting and enjoyable reading experience. This book would be an intriguing read for anyone interested in the after-effects of the Vietnam War, or PTSD and how it affects people in general.

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