In Judith Herman’s, Trauma and Recovery, page 70, examines the role of community in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder recovery. The principle of sharing the traumatic experience with others is a pre-condition for the restitution of a sense of a meaningful world. In this process, the survivor seeks assistance not only from those closest, but also from a wider community. The response of the community has a powerful influence on the ultimate resolution of the trauma. Restoration of the breach between the traumatized person and the community depends first on public acknowledgement of the traumatic event and second upon some form of community action. One of the best examples of community rejection involves the Vietnam undeclared war, fought without formal ratification by an established democratic process. Unable to develop a public consensus for the war or realistic military objective, our government conscripted millions of young men for military service. As casualties mounted, public opposition to the war grew. Attempts to contain the antiwar sentiment led to policy decisions that isolated soldiers from civilians. Soldiers were dispatched to Vietnam and returned home as individuals, with no opportunity for organize farewells for bonding within units or for public ceremonies of return. Caught in a political conflict that should have been resolved before their lives were placed at risk, returning soldiers often felt traumatized a second time when they encountered public criticism and rejection of the war they had fought and lost. As a decorated combat platoon leader in Vietnam, I experienced the above and still have a grudge against the U.S. for failing my generation of soldiers. My V.A. College benefit was $210.00 a month, no housing, book or other allowances like today or after WWII to compound the rejection of the community. The arduous task returning to college is the 340 page subject of my second novel, “Revenge of the Coloring Book” out in 2 years.