January 31, 2012
Newton County resident Bob Atkinson was awarded a Bronze Star during his service in Vietnam, then spent 40 years coming to terms with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
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Robert Atkinson endured unremitting fighting and psychological trauma, dodged mortar and rocket attacks, and survived hand-to-hand combat against North Vietnamese and Viet Cong human wave attacks. Decades would pass before hypnosis took Atkinson back to Vietnam for proper closure. Before hypnosis he could vividly recall only 24 hours in the war zone.