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In celebration of National Poetry Month and with Memorial Day around the corner, this week’s PTSD poem comes from …Kerry “Doc” Pardue. Kerry wrote: I suffered for almost 40 years before the VA would assist me. They kept telling me [there was] nothing that they could do to assist me. I went to them in 1972 & 1984 and I was told they could not help me in any way, so I went away. In 2002, I had a serious leg infection and was admitted to the VA and had a flashback when the guy in the bed next to me died. They called up mental health and was put into a counseling program for Vietnam Vets for 40 weeks with individual and group sessions. I then applied for disability for PTSD and was diagnosed as 100% service connected disabled.
Guest Post by: Kerry “Doc” Pardue
Today we remember A grateful Nation recalls Our Men and Women Who paid the price Of freedom for us all
For those of us who Served beside them Every day is Memorial Day We can’t let their memories fade We were touched by their loss
Their lives touched ours Changing and helping us Becoming who we are Grateful for what we have Freedom at Home
For those left at home You gave us your sons and daughters Husbands and Wives Fathers and Mothers Brothers and Sisters Friends and Lovers Thank you for sharing them with us
We miss them all We won’t let them be forgot That is why each of us Who have been in battle knows We can never ever forget That Every Day is Memorial Day
©Copyright May 30, 2004 by Kerry “Doc” Pardue
About the author: Kerry served 3 years active duty in the US Army as a Combat Medic with service in Vietnam and Germany. He also was a member of the Arizona National Guard for 9 years with an Instructor position with the Arizona Military Academy. Mr. Pardue served as a police officer with the Sauk Village, Illinois Police Department for one year. He relocated to Newport News, Virginia where he worked for the Newport News Police Department. He served in uniform patrol for a six months, Police/Community Relations Director for 2 ½ years, Juvenile Detective for 2 ½ years, and Burglary Detective for 2 ½ years. He then took a Letter Carrier position with the US Postal Service with assignments in Newport News, Virginia, Eloy, Arizona, and Scottsdale, Arizona. He served with the US Post Office for 10 years. Mr. Pardue then began a career with technical colleges as a College Recruiter. He worked for the Arizona Automotive Institute with assignments in the Phoenix area, Fresno, California and as the National Trainer for the college. He then started with Universal Technical Institute with assignments in Tennessee, and Arizona. Finally, he worked for Remington College and retired disabled in 2004. His first book, entitled, POEMS IN THE KEYS OF LIFE: Reflections of a combat medic, Publish America, April 2005 was awarded the Gold Medal for Poetry by the Military Writers Society of America. He is currently writing a book about women’s service in the military. Mr. Pardue earned an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Police Science from Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton, Virginia and then a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice Studies from Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia. During his police career he has received a number of commendations and awards. He holds professional affiliations with the VFW, Military Order of the Purple Heart, National Association of Medics and Corpsmen, and served on the Board of Directors of the Sharon Lane Foundation. On a personal note Mr. Pardue is a 100% service-connected disabled Vietnam Veteran. He has three adult children and eight grandchildren. He and his family have lived in the Phoenix area since 1981.
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