When I retired from the international corporate world and moved back West for fresh air and wide open spaces, I found that some military vets from the Vietnam era and forward still needed counseling and support. With my degree in counseling I volunteered to establish a Vet to Vet Peer Group for PTSD. Meeting bi-weekly, the group works at coping with PTSD symptoms. I facilitate the group since I also served in combat in Vietnam and understand the traumatic experiences of these vets first hand. The older I get the less tolerant I am about the idea of going to war without a clear and rational approach and objective. It's too easy to start war – it's harder to resolve conflict peacefully. Over 58,000 Americans died in the Vietnam War and that is a tragedy. To me the use of the term war has become too trite and desensitizes the real meaning: per the dictionary war means armed hostility between nations and should bring serious concern by the citizens of those nations since lives and property are at risk. Besides the financial costs, there are human costs in deaths and wounded – both physically and mentally. There are too many war hawk politicians who have never served a day in the military or in combat. For them war is an extension of their hubris – as long as they stay safely home.