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A pathway to healing - Closeups
March 2014 Issue
Growing up, Bill Huff (BBA ’65) always knew he wanted to serve in the military. When he started college at UGA, he pledged Kappa Alpha and later, on a dare, joined the Platoon Leaders Class of the U.S. Marine Corps. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant and would serve active duty for the next three years, leaving as a captain. His job, running convoys across Vietnam, risking sniper attacks and land mines, was “hell on earth,” he says. Coming home, however, was its own hell. Anti-war sentiment was strong, and Huff felt it immediately. On the plane from Los Angeles to Tampa passengers turned their backs and wouldn’t speak to him. He was called a baby killer. He couldn’t wear his uniform in public. Huff was haunted by his experiences in combat. Nightmares accompanied his sleep. Rather than facing his fears, he bottled up his emotions in an unhealthy manner. It was, he says, “a pathway to disaster.” But he …
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