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Tom's War

After being drafted in 1969, Tom Geerdes served as an Army medic in the 11th Armored Cavalry in Vietnam and Cambodia. Like many veterans, he returned home a changed man. At StoryCorps, Tom shared his long journey toward healing with his daughter, Hannah Campbell.

 StoryCorps’ mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world.

Find more Vietnam War-related content at the StoryCorps website.

This story is part of the Children of Vets and
Mental Health Awareness story collections.

Story Themes: 1969, Children of Veterans, Coming Home, Draft, Family, Hannah Campbell, Listen, Medical Personnel, PTSD, Reflection, Relationships, Storycorps, The Vietnam Memorial, The Vietnam Wall, Tom Geerdes, Watch

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