Some of my other hats include service rep work for DAV and VFW (I’m a disabled Vietnam vet myself) and I have dealt with PTSD from WW II forward to Afghanistan and have seen many examples among veterans of experiences shaping risk assessment. A counterpoint might be how big traumatic personal experiences of one person tend to minimize the subsequent suffering of others. I remember sitting at a VFW bar and hearing something to the effect of “Tet was nothing compared to the Battle of the Bulge”. The 9/11 impact seems partly related to our notion of our invulnerability and exceptionalism. I have a Guatemalan woman colleague who other tells me that her country had a monthly 9/11 for years courtesy of the CIA.
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