[PW] accounts of PTSD/other disorders in *American* World War I veterans?

Kay Lancaster kay at hub.fern.com
Thu Oct 6 10:01:13 PDT 2016

> I am doing research on behalf of a friend who's writing a novel partly set
> in the US in the years immediately after WWI.
> She wants some accounts of the psychological experiences of American
> veterans in the postwar years

I doubt she'll find much published.  My grandfather was in the 
Rainbow Division in France; although he occasionally seemed to 
open up to other veterans, it was never around the grandkids, and 
my mother confirmed it was also never around the kids.  By the 
time I really knew him (1960s), his physical ailments far 
surpassed the sort of psychological trauma that I now recognize 
was likely PTSD in my father and uncles from WWII and Korea.

The only thing I was ever able to learn directly from my 
grandfather about WWI, even for a school assignment, is some 
expurgated verses to Mademoiselle from Armentieres, all of the 
verses of "There's a long, long trail..." and how to properly put 
on puttees.

If you can find anyone who was working in a VA hospital in the 
1960s or 70s, particularly chaplains, they might be able to 
provide some insight.  I'm afraid that's about my best 


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