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First Person: A Delayed Post-Traumatic Stress Diagnosis Inspired A Vietnam Vet To Help Others

Carlsbad resident Bill Rider, a Vietnam War veteran, is pictured in this phot...

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Above: Carlsbad resident Bill Rider, a Vietnam War veteran, is pictured in this photo taken May 21, 2018.

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This memorial day Carlsbad war veteran Bill Rider's story is being shared nationally. He was featured in the annual "National Memorial Day Concert" held Sunday at the U.S. Capitol and produced by PBS.

A sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps' 1st Battalion, 9th Regiment, Rider served in Khe Sanh in 1968 during a 77-day siege by the North Vietnamese Army. His squad suffered high casualties and earned the nickname, "the walking dead."

As part of our First Person series, Rider remembers an early experience with what would much later be diagnosed as post-traumatic stress and what led him in 2001 to start a non-profit, American Combat Veterans of War, to help other veterans heal from the wounds of war.

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San Diego Vietnam War veteran Bill Rider was featured in PBS' annual National Memorial Day Concert held on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on May 27.

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