September 17, 2014
Ralp Levenberg is a P.O.W. counselor at the v-a sierra nevada health care system.... he is also a survivor of the Battaan death march - and knows first hand what it's is like to be a prisoner of war.
We asked him about the first thoughts that go through the mind of a captured soldier.
"There's nothing more traumatic to the human mind than to realize that from now on everything you do... you must have permission for, because if they don't like what you do you're in trouble," Levenberg answered.
His heart goes out to the family, who's only choice is to wait and hope for the safe return of their loved one. They won't be given any information until an outcome of some sort is reached.
Levenberg says when a soldier does return home safely it's up to friends and family to give them time to heal. Returning P.O.W's need time to rebuild their relationships with their families first. When they are ready to return to the community they will make that choice for themselves.