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Local woman write of experiences in Korea and Vietnam as civilian
There are countless civilians who helped through out the times of war.
One woman's experience in both Korea and Vietnam.
"We were patriotic and a little, a lot naive and highly energetic and positive."
Sandra Lockney Davis is talking about her experience as a Service Club Director with the US Army Special Services.
It was a group of civilians made up of about 450 women who served from 1966 to 1974.
"I don't think I came home with PTSD but I came home changed."
Davis says she like the soldiers she served next to- had a hard time telling others including family and friends- what she had seen during her time in Vietnam.
It wasn't until 20 years later at the unavailing of the Women's Vietnam War Memorial in Washington D.C. that she had an awaking- and the idea to start a new project.
"It made it ok for me to say, I'm proud to have served."
Davis began writing down what she could remember of her experiences in both Korea and Vietnam. The funny and the difficult. She eventually published a book: Entitled: 'So What's A Nice Girl Like You Doing In A Place Like This'.
Writing the book was a kind of therapy she admits. But her hard work was also for a different purpose.
"That was another reason why I wrote the book. Because I couldn't find any other books or documentation about US Army Special Services."
This Veterans Day Davis is back in Washington D.C. and this time she is freely speaking about what she heard, saw and felt while serving over seas. She is a speaker for the official Veterans Day celebration at our nations capital.
"I feel really really blessed to be invited to go and I'm looking forward to it."
Her book is available on amazon.com and at local book shops. For a complete list of Veterans Day events, log onto our website- weartv.com.