Photograph of Dan White

W h i t e M i l k

Combo photo of Dan White + Harvey Milk
Photograph of Harvey Milk focuses attention on the psychological trauma of military combat and calls for improved support for the mental well-being of those who have served our country and, as a consequence, suffer from devastating conditions such as PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).

This site should not be construed as providing an excuse or justification for Dan White's horrific actions. The aim here is (1) to spotlight the atrocity of war and the long-term repercussions it has on both individuals and society, and (2) to raise awareness of the plight of those currently living with PTSD and our need, as a culture, to deal with it.

Dan White (on the left) assassinated Harvey Milk (on the right) and San Francisco mayor George Moscone on 27 Nov 1978.

Dan White had spent seven years in the U.S. Army, including time in Vietnam. PTSD from his wartime experience may have played a significant role in his actions but was under-appreciated in the 1960's and 70's.

Had PTSD been as well-recognized then as it is today (esp. among Vietnam vets), Dan White's trial would have been very different. If Dan White had received support for possible PTSD in the years since he left the Army in 1972, we might not have lost Harvey & George.

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Website launched on Veteran's Day 11 Nov 2010 as a tribute to U.S. veterans past and present and to those whose lives they touched.
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