On this day, 46 years ago, U.S. troops left South Vietnam, ending America’s involvement in the Vietnam war. More than 3 million United States Service members were deployed during the Vietnam war, 15 thousand of them coming from North Dakota. As our Malique Rankin reports, the sacrifices they made, stay with them decades later.
Robert Olzweski is a Vietnam War Veteran, serving in 1968 and 1969.
Robert Olzweski: “Boots on the ground”
Olzweski also served in Afghanistan and Uzbekistan and is a purple heart recipient.
When he returned home, he said it was a warm welcome.
Robert Olzweski: “The community in Bismarck, ND has been outstanding.”
Olzweski says adjusting post-deployment was no easy feat.
Robert Olzweski: “It was rough”
Robert Olzweski: “It just took time. Being the way they were talking about us, I just put myself at ease, and hoped down the road things would get better. And they sure did. It was due to the community and the VA.”
There were more than 6,000 Veteran suicides each year from 2008 to 2016. While talking with Robert Olzweski, his biggest advice for soldiers struggling with PTSD: get yourself some help.
Robert Olzweski: “You need to get counseling. You may think you don’t need it, but it’s going to pay off.”
Any time we cover issues of mental health, we like to let you know the resources that are available.
The national suicide hotline is 1-800-273-8255. And the veterans crisis line is (888) 429-4760.
We at KX News would like to thank our veterans for their service.