The Daily Courier
By Sue Tone
March 13, 2016
Like many Army nurses and combat veterans, Good said she didn’t talk about the fatalities, the wounded, the suffering. She tucked it away and went on to the next patient. But one can only tuck away so much.
Sue Good worked hard to keep “her boys” alive, never giving up on any of them without a fight. A nurse during the final years of the Vietnam War, she worked at the 95th Evacuation Hospital in Da Nang in 1971-72. She’s still dealing with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 44 years later, although with help, its effects have lessened.Photo by Matt Hinshaw.Sue Good is a veteran U.S. Army nurse who served in the Vietnam War.
“I know what our boys are going through,” the 69-year-old Prescott resident said, folding her hands on her chest. “It breaks my heart.”
Good’s father served in the Army and Air Force – her brother served in the military, too – and the family moved a lot during her childhood. After a couple of years of community college, and aware of what was going on in Vietnam, she decided to join the Army as a nurse.
“My whole reason was to support the men when I saw them coming home,” she said. “My goal was to do anything in my power to bring them home. It was an eye-opener when I got over there.”
The base was “rocketed” nearly every night and Good feels it was just luck none fell on her. It was the first time she realized “somebody would be very happy to see me dead.”
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