Lieutenant Susan M. Poppendieck US Army


As interviewed by Katelyn Durkop, March 9, 2019
"We had approximately fifty patients in the gym where we worked and when I looked around I realized I was the only one there that had all four limbs, that was a very, very sobering situation."
Lieutenant Susan M. Poppendieck US Army

Introductory Profile: About Lieutenant Susan M. Poppendieck

During the second half of the Vietnam era ( 1964 - 1973 ) Susan Loader was a college student, physical therapy student, and practicing physical therapist in the Army. Susan had many experiences with social unrest including college demonstrations and heart wrenching work with returning Vietnam veterans. After 2 years of active service, the war was dying down and Susan continued her work as an Army physical therapist. She felt good about the service she had provided her country and all the people she had helped. Susan felt strongly that it had been unnecessary for the United States to participate in the war; however she also knew that action needed to be taken and felt a serious responsibility to do her part. Every time she wore her uniform in public she held her head high with pride.