Warriors from the Rez: Defending their own land

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Photographs of Tony Bush during his service in Vietnam and as a young man wearing a traditional Lakota necklace hang on the wall of his house in Porcupine, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Tony was discharged with the Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and Combat Infantry Badge. After one hundred field missions that included preparing the bodies of American soldiers for graves registration, seeing a friend blown apart, and discovering a mass grave, Tony plunged deep into alcoholic abuse. In 1975, the military, who then didn't acknowledge PTSD court martialed him and gave him a second discharge,  'Under Other Than Honorable Conditions', which meant no military benefits. Forty years later, Tony is still balttling to receive a pension and VA care. Svetlana Bachevanova/The Stand