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Vietnam vet with PTSD finds healing in ballroom dancing

Wednesday, November 11, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Samantha Porter
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"BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – On a Wednesday evening in a small room at Boardman’s Creekside Fitness and Health Center, Rayen High School graduate and Vietnam veteran Joe Sepesy is having a dance lesson with instructor Linda McPhail.

McPhail says dancing comes naturally to Sepesy.

“We went to the ball at Kent State two weeks ago, and he had to start writing down names of who he was supposed to do each dance with, because the women were seeking him out,” she said.

It was a long, wild ride that brought Sepesy to McPhail’s lessons.

Sepesy spent three years as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam during the Cambodian incursion of the early 1970s, calling the experience “two months of hellacious flying.” This military career ended in April of 1970, when his plane was shot down in April of 1970, compressing his spine and causing physical problems as a result..."

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