Ron Capps: Seriously Not All Right, Five Wars in Ten Years (Excerpt)

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Ron Capps is a U.S. Army veteran and a former Foreign Service officer. He served in the military from 1986 until the early 1990’s. In 1994, he moved to the Army Reserved and joined the Foreign Service. His FS assignments took him to Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Kosovo, and Rwanda. Between 1996-2002, he also deployed as an intelligence officer in Uganda and Zaire for the U.S. Army.  According to his online bio, after the September 11 attacks, he served with XVIII Airborne Corps and the Defense intelligence Agency in Afghanistan as a soldier. Later, he was also deployed to Darfur and Chad as a soldier, and Iraq and Darfur (again) as a Foreign Service officer. “Throughout his career of service, Capps was often working in close proximity to murder, rape, and genocide. He suffered from regular and intense nightmares; he was diagnosed by an Army psychiatrist with PTSD and depression, and prescribed Prozac. In 2006, he nearly committed suicide. He was medically evacuated from service by the Regional Medical Officer of the State Department.”

He retired from government work and pursued a Master of Arts in Writing from Johns Hopkins University in 2009. In 2012, he founded the Veterans Writing Project, a non-profit organization that hosts free writing workshops and seminars for veterans and service members, as well as their adult family members.  VWP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. You can support the group with a tax-deductible donation or through the Amazon Smile program.

Ron Capps is the author of the book, Seriously Not All Right: Five Wars in Ten Years, which details his own experiences with PTSD.  To mark June as PTSD Awareness Month, we’re sharing an excerpt from Mr. Capps’ book with you (courtesy of Amazon Kindle).

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2 responses

  1. Does anyone ever wonder why only 10% of the U.S. military experience combat but nearly 50% has applied for PTSD disability? Why is it that the guys who see the most combat – special forces, aviators, and infantry types – have the lowest rates of PTSD?

  2. I can sympathize/empathize with Mr. Capps situation visa vis PTSD and his foreign service career. I began working for the Treasury Department soon after graduation in 1968. I was drafted into the Army and was in Vietnam 1970-71. Upon my return from active duty, and the resumption of my career with Treasury, I was assigned to the Philippines and remained there at the Embassy from 1972-84, the martial law years, with frequent violent demonstrations at the Embassy. I transferred to the Foreign Service in 1990, with a first tour in Mogadishu during which time the Embassy was evacuated under fire. Next assignment was Athens, just after the terrorists murdered the Navy attaché. My following tour was Seoul, during the death of Kim Il Sung, and the threatened implosion of the north. After returning to DC I volunteered for a year separated duty in the mountains of Bosnia with the OSCE. The first Federation elections gave us numerous assassination while we were overseeing the unearthing of mass graves in Canton One. The next post was Lima, with the final days of the Shining Path. Our first night we were awaken by a bomb that exploded less than a block away. And my ultimate tour before retirement was Kuwait, with occasional side trips to Baghdad as a TDYer. Looking at this background I too wake up frequently with nightmares and cold sweats. PTSD. You bet. Fortunately I have never been formally diagnosed, but it’s there hovering in the near distance.