A Minnesota PBS Initiative
An Artist Gets Drafted
Stephen Gates watched the early part of the Vietnam War play out on TV as a high schooler. A fateful transfer to art school during his college years led to him being eligible for the draft. He continues to practice art, which helps him to cope with his PTSD.
I had to spend my own money and go and see a psychiatrist, and get a diagnosis of this PTSD.
Stephen's story was captured with the help of TPT's Minnesota Remembers Vietnam team.
Story Themes: 1/4 Cav, 4th Cavalry, Anti-war Movement, Art, Dissent, Draft, Infantry, Ken Burns Screener TPT, Painting, Protest, PTSD, Quarter Cav, Stephen Gates, The VA, Veterans for Peace