I was 17 as well, 1975, Boot Camp and Advanced Infantry Training in Ft Polk Louisiana, all over after that in training and training others, I spent a lot of time in Central America in the late 70s on leech patrol, later assigned to the 25th in Hawaii, but I wasn't there much, Temporary Duty in the field training our allies, or so they said they were allies, I'm not so sure. i just started back to school last year, I spent from 1982-2009 drunk, hey its a tough job
Glad you are on the road to recovery. It's tough, but you will be fine. I've had my bouts too....pain management I called it. I've found that judicious use of meds and staying active are better for me. I don't feel so bad the next day. :)
Thank you for your service as well. My brother was in Nam. My dad was WWII. Both made it back. Glad you did too!
Congrats on going back to school. It means something entirely different when you are older, and the profs know it.