Lost to PTSD, Agent Orange: Veteran to Receive the ‘Welcome Home’ He Never Had


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Army Photo of Mike Batkowiak in Vietnam. Army Photo of Mike Bartkowiak in Vietnam.

Mike Bartkowiak was just a young man when he volunteered for the Vietnam War in 1968. Stationed in Germany and Thailand, he was sent to Vietnam in 1971. While there, he volunteered to be a door gunner. His time in Vietnam was attributed to saving comrades in Cambodia and Laos. Mike was fun and had an energetic spirit. His smile was warm. His hobbies consisted of  nature and photography. Without taking a deeper look into his life in Vietnam, Mike was a simple man enjoying life to the fullest.

Mike lived the last years of his life in Cotopaxi, Colorado where he was a volunteer EMT for the Deer Mountain Fire Department. It was there that he would succumb to the wounds of war, PTSD and  medical issues as a result of his exposure to Agent Orange.

Mike would later pass away as a result of these wounds on July…

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