Item description for A Pogo's Perspective - (A non-combatant soldiers Viet Nam experience: its affects & aftermath) by Smith Greg...
- The term Pogo was a label given to every soldier in Vietnam whose role it was to support the troops involved in combat duties, supposedly a safe vocation. Examples would be Orderly Room, Q-Store, Cooks, Ordnance, Medical and Dental Staff, et cetera. Most Pogos completed their duties supporting the combatant serviceman with distinction. But a result of that role was that they carried, and most still carry guilt for mates lost or wounded, those that were doing it tougher, outside the wire. These were mates that they could not physically stand beside and support. Their administrative role is often underestimated. A Pogos Perspective (A non-combatant soldiers Viet Nam experience:its affects & aftermath) The title itself requires some explanation. Pogo is an acronym from the British military which means - "Personnel on garrison operations". In other words people like clerks, cooks, medics etc who were not at the front line. It was a bit of a misnomer in Viet Nam as there was no such thing as a front line. The book will be of interest to any reader not just veterans. It commences as my experiences being called up for National Service, the rigors of training and discipline then details my tour of duty in Viet Nam. I served in an Armoured Unit - A Sqn 3 Cav Regt. On completion of my tour if relates my experiences on return to a hostile Australia then the down hill spiral of emotion. It then explains the affect that service had on wives, partners, family and loved ones. It goes on to list treatments and management skills available to all. It champions the cause of the Pogo whose efforts have never been recognised or whose role has never been explained in the public forum. In particular it enlightens the guilt that most Pogos felt and indeed still feel, for lost or wounded mates because they were not physically supporting the fighting troops. It also clarifies that Pogos were not excluded from injury. My Orderly Room Sergeant went within a whisker of loosing his life when the Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) he was riding on detonated a huge mine. Of the 50,000 troops that served in Viet Nam approximately 35,00 were Pogos. Finally it details how all members of the public, but in particular politicians should stand by the troops that they sent to fight the battles that they chose for our Country to become involved in. The connection in the lead up to Anzac Day is the mateship and camaraderie that was formed by all who served and the link between Viet Nam and current peacekeepers and peacemakers.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.35" Width: 5.51" Height: 0.87" Weight: 0.79 lbs.
Release Date Jan 2, 2007
Publisher sid harta publishers
ISBN 1921206438 ISBN13 9781921206436
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Australian Vietnam Vet Lets us know - No One Is Spared Pain In War! May 29, 2007
Australian author and Vietnam veteran Greg Smith, writes a painful and emotional accounting of his "tour of duty" in the war. His book "A Pogo's Perceptive" captures why so many non-combatant troops in both the US and Australian forces have had huge battles with PTSD. Pogo is a term used to describe support troops--those are the people who make it possible for a combat warrior to fight. It is often been quoted that it takes from 7 to 10 support people to keep one fighting soldier in the field. There importance to war cannot ever be understated.No country can win a war without them!
The pressures put on these "Pogos" is huge. There is that massive self-produced guilt of seeing others going out and getting killed or wounded and not being able to engage the enemy. I have been helping US veterans with PTSD over the last 3 decades--and I noticed that more support people were "emotionally wounded" than we realized then, or even now. They even feel guilty for feeling screw-up; as if they are not allowed to be as emotionally wounded as a "real combat veteran"! I have seen too much pain to know that these men and women can truly be damaged and hurt. It is real and it as painful as any PTSD veteran can experience.
This book opens up the whole issue of the recognition of this particular PTSD issue. It also deals with lack of family and community support these veterans got when they got back home. It is a moving story of one veteran's journey from Nam back to the real world. The issues in this book are real and so is the pain. It is hoped that the reader will gain some deeper understanding and compassion for those who were there and who continue to fight that war each day for the rest of their lives!