Virtual Vietnam: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Treatment Environment

The Virtual Environments Group at the Georgia Tech Graphics, Visualization, and Usability Center has developed a virtual reality simulation of Vietnam War combat.  This application was created to treat Vietnam veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, a debilitating psychological condition.  It is currently under evaluation by psychotherapists at the Atlanta Veterans Administration hospital.  The environment allows users to wear a virtual reality helmet and ride a combat helicopter.  Additionally, users can walk through a hostile helicopter landing zone. This project effectively illustrates the capability of virtual environments to immerse a person in a synthetic world incorporating 3D graphics and audio.  Furthermore,it highlights the applicability of virtual environments to application areas including entertainment, medicine, and training.

Virtual Vietnam Audio Samples

Images of the helicopter landing zone environment


Images of the Huey helicopter ride environment