Fred Kempski and PTSD
World War II veteran Fred Kempski, 88, of Deer Park, is one of many veterans who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder decades after the war. He paints as part of his therapy.
World War II veteran Fred Kempski, right, with his brother Richie, who served in the Navy during the war. (March 21, 2013)
World War II veteran Fred Kempski, 88, of Deer Park holds the medals he received for his service in Europe and the Pacific. Kempski, who experienced the terror and brutality of battle firsthand, returned from the war with what is now known as post-traumatic stress disorder. (March 21, 2013)
World War II veteran Fred Kempski in Queens in 1944, when he was on leave from his Army unit. Shortly after the photograph was taken, Kempski was deployed to Europe, where he served until Germany was defeated.
World War II veteran Fred Kempski, of Deer Park, returned from the war with post-traumatic stress disorder and part of his therapy includes painting. He painted this scene from a battle he witnessed as U.S. troops, under fire from German gun positions, crossed a river into the town of Siegburg, Germany in April 1945. (March 21, 2013)
A painting by World War II veteran Fred Kempski depicts a scene he witnessed in the winter of 1944 of a truck transporting the bodies of U.S. soldiers from the front rumbling along a cobblestone street in Belgium. This scene and others he witnessed had a profound impact on Kempski.