I am a Vietnam Era veteran who never spent any time in theater, but I also suffer from some of the symptoms you describe.
The VA, however, will not acknowledge a diagnois of PTSD unless you can prove that ou served in a cobat position or that thee was a specific factor that caused you to suffer from the PTSD(i.e. rape, beating, observing a suicide, etc.).
If these feelings that you have are bothersome to you, the Veterans Administration has information available to those sufferring from PTSD at:
which is the National Center for PTSD. They can provide you with the resources necessary to treat your symptoms.
hi & thanks for your service!
i'm an air force vet (a female vet) also....i served 1985-1997. i have PTSD from MST (military sexual trauma).
are you service-connected for any disabilities? if so, do you get any medical care at a VAMC? maybe make an appt with the nearest VAMC mental health folks.....they understand vets PTSD issues where civilian pdocs/tdocs just don't get it. even if the VA won't acknowlege your PTSD symptoms, that doesn't mean you can't get help for them.
take good care of yourself...
I am an era vet who did server shortly in Viet Nam. I am suffering from PTSD, but having a hard time getting service connected through the VA. I talked with a VA doc back in the late 80s and he diagnosed me with PTSD then but they (va) are not showing a record of my visit. Anyway.....what I was also told was that I was suffering from Survivor's Guilt along with PTSD. The recommendation to go see a VA Mental Health pro is excellent...heed the call and go. It is not worth the misery long term. Trust me on this one.