Betty Lockwood b.1941
Civilian Nurse
Bien Hoa
Jan 1970 - Jun 1970
Excerpt from Story Board
The hospital had two operating theatres, a maternity ward and a children’s ward. We dealt with amputations, shrapnel from grenades and mines, repairs to bodies from mine explosions, high-octane burns and napalm burns. I recall vividly one little boy who had a very small opening on his chest. You wouldn’t have thought he was burnt at all, but he’d lost virtually all his lung capacity because the burning continues inside. He died right there.

They put the nurses and doctors under Comcare, which is the government equivalent of workers’ compensation. But Comcare cuts out at age 65. What happens to these people now?