World War II, Vietnam veterans had different experiences returning home from the battlefields


94 year old Northampton resident Edwin Nartowicz served in the front lines in North Africa and Italy during World War II in the 1940s. 

He’s one of many veterans who struggles with PTSD and all the flashbacks that come with it. 

“I’m on medication so I don’t have to live with flashbacks and all that,” said Nartowicz. “Living in the mud, sleeping in it, eating in it. It’s something you never forget.”

Nartowicz said many World War II vets had a tough time transitioning back to a normal life and finding jobs after the war, but none of them faced any scrutiny. Life after the war was not easy for many Vietnam War Veterans. One Vietnam vet told 22News many of them faced hostility in society and were not appreciated for their service.

“We didn’t come home to good times,” said John Keley, Vietnam War Veteran. “Everybody was against us you know. We just did what we were told. It’s hard for me to talk about it.”

Keley said he felt ashamed for serving in the Vietnam War and didn’t tell anyone he was a veteran for more than 40 years. 

“Six years ago was the first time I told anybody I was in Vietnam, but now im proud,” said Keley. 

 Keley is one of many vietnam vets that have heart disease, anxiety, and diabetes due to the toxic chemical Agent Orange, which was used as a weapon during the Vietnam War. He said the VA in Leeds has been instrumental in helping him with these medical conditions.

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