“Funny how generations of fighting men returned home and lived normal lives,”
I know some WWII and Korea vets that had/have serious problems getting back into the peacetime world.
Just because the problem was identified and people started to do something about it after Viet Nam does not mean that the problem didn’t exist prior to that.
Parkinson’s disease was formally recognized in 1817 and cholera in 1849- that does not mean that nobody got it before that.
I have a relative who was in a house that a tornado struck, and she was diagnosed with PTSD due to lingering problems. She never really felt secure in a house until she got some treatment, she frequently felt that a house was not a safe place, since the one she was in went all matchsticks in a few seconds.
I can only imagine. I had a tornado pass very close to my house while I was at my office years ago, and (foolishly in hindsight) rushed home to check on my dogs and my neighbors. Insulation in the trees, branches and such down but no damage, the damage was a quarter mile away.
The dogs were scared of storms from then on when they weren’t before, and it was close to a year for me to not feel nauseated when the emergency alert system screeched on radio or television.