Submitted by: Jacque Dorazio

Category: Stories

"Seventeen Days Later" is part of an ongoing series, "Vet Views," written by Jacque Dorazio, ALA member and web mistress of Tybee Island American Legion Post 154. The series features interviews with veterans and their life path before, during and after their military service. This article features Jimmy Carter of Tybee Island Georgia and his life changing path in Vietnam. He was part of the first wave of Marines sent to Da Nang's airstrip base March, 1965 - seventeen days after turning 19 years old.. His personal account, with photos he took while in Vietnam, is paired with historical accounts that happened in the states. The interview continues with his approach in the civilian world and how he positively faces PTSD.

About the author:

Jacque Dorazio is a graphic designer, photographer and writer, BFA magna cum laude. Professionally, she provided multiple businesses with her services for 40 years. Now "retired," she volunteers at Tybee Island Georgia's Post 154 by designing and maintaining the Legion's website and ads for special post events. She is a member of the Ladies Auxiliary, Unit 154. Her personal project, "Vet Views" is a continuing series of interviews with veterans, their families and friends, candidly talking about their military experiences. Jacque mixes in historical facts and information presenting a more rounded perception of the timeline being covered. The overall intent of the series is to place a face with the word "veteran."