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February 5, 1982

Vietnam Veterans-Reply

Author Affiliations

Duke University Medical Center Durham, NC

JAMA. 1982;247(5):583. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320300013010

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In Reply.—  I heartily agree with Dr Bridgeford's thesis that the Vietnam War, in many ways, differs little from other wars. All war leaves some veterans with emotional scars; most return to normal living. Unfortunately, hundreds of World War II veterans have failed to repair the psychological damage done by that war: these unhappy, nonproductive persons contribute to the financial drain on our society. Proper treatment for the Vietnam veteran with posttraumatic stress disorder, rather than draining the federal budget, will, I hope, in the long run save the taxpayers' money by turning a discontented drone into a productive worker.