In 1967, Mick volunteered for service with the Australian Army in the Vietnam War, and was told that seeing how he was only twenty years old, he would need the signatures of his parents in order to join the army. This prompted him to simply alter the date of birth on his Australian Naturalisation Certificate from 01/03/1947 to 01/03/1946 — and he was in the army.
He went on to serve in Vietnam with the First Battalion of Royal Australian Regiment (1RAR) and continued to serve until he received a medical discharge some ten years later. As a treatment strategy for diagnosed PTSD, he was instructed to undertake tertiary studies which resulted in his better management of PTSD and his becoming a much better person as a result. In time, he was to undertake studies and now holds the Advanced Diploma of Mechanical Engineering, and the Associate Degree of Civil Engineering. He will continue in due course and obtain the Honours Degree of Engineering and later on, his PHD in Engineering.
In 2013, he applied for an Australian passport which was refused by Immigration on the grounds that his Naturalisation Certificate did not list his gender. It did however say, “Michael Kramer presented himself before me to swear allegiance to Queen Elizabeth 2.”
Full Circle for Mick is a fictionalised story (based on Mick’s experiences) of unbridled bureaucracy, its aftermath, how it was fought, the first signs of PTSD, its treatment and final diagnosis and self help strategies, as well as the hero finally returning to Vietnam as a qualified engineer in order to help to rebuild the country that he once helped to destroy as a young Australian Infantry Officer.