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Tuesday, 01 November 2011 07:20

When Huffman returned from Vietnam, he didn’t know anything about PTSD.  He knew he was hyper.  He couldn’t stand still; he’d walk or get on a bus and go anywhere.  He was short-tempered.   While in VA’s blind rehabilitation center in Hines, IL in 1969, a former boxer taught him how to hit a speed bag, for instance.  Huffman was taking piano lessons; he was practicing in the same room as the TV.  The former boxer told him to stop playing or else he would come over to the piano and stop him.  When he came over, Huffman put the piano bench over the boxer’s head as if he was in combat.  Another time, he was told some teenage girls were laughing at him and staring by a friend, John Keets who was in a truck with him at the time.  Huffman said something to the teenage girls. Awhile later, the father came to confront him about what he said.  Huffman grabbed the father and threw him up against the truck and told him to “mind his kids”.  In another instance, he kicked someone helping him cross the street with their fingertips, in the rear-end for saying something derogatory when Huffman tried to take his arm.  He punched a bus driver for refusing to let him off the bus at a location according to law to make it easier dealing with traffic with his blindness.  He then got off the bus and didn’t know where he was at. 
David then realized something was terribly wrong one month after he married his wife, Sherry.  He believed he was just a hot-tempered Marine before marrying Sherry.  His friend John Rapozza and Sherry’s cousin, “Viddy” were dating.  They were having conversations in the spare bedroom in David and Sherry’s apartment in Newport, DE.  They had a lovers’ quarrel.  David felt pressure being in the middle of it.  Feeling the pressure, he picked up a chair; threw it through the dining room chandelier and threw the couple out along with Sherry.  He didn’t know if he had a wife the next day.  He was thankful she came back in the morning and stayed for another 18 years.
Throughout the years, David still suffered from what was later known to be PTSD and tried to manage it.  He diverted his hyper-vigilance energy into weight lifting, exercise, Judo competitions, and participating in other martial arts.  He kept his mind busy through education and work.  Both Sherry and David were involved with helping others as well.  Exercising, keeping the mind busy, and helping others are the 3 most important components of managing PTSD.  He loved Sherry; he wanted their lives to be better despite him.  David quit smoking after returning from Vietnam and didn’t do drugs.  If he did, he feels he would not have been able to manage his life at all.  Still, there were problems as expected.  Sherry lived with a man who was driven and didn’t understand it.  David didn’t understand it himself.