Mike Haynie's Effect On Veterans

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Mike Haynie takes a stand on how veterans are portrayed to the public through the media. Being a veteran himself, he is well aware of how the media’s reports are focused on displaying the negative side of veterans. Cases like Itzcoatl Ocampo’s, paint veterans to the public as being violent. Awareness on this issue has been raised before. In 1999, President Bill Clinton held a conference to shed light on mental illness and the stigma that surrounds it. Likewise, Haynie makes a point to expose the effect the media has on the public with its biased portrayal of the negative side of veterans and their connection to mental illness. The public’s opinion is formed by how the media covers a story. It just goes to show that when the media is biased in mentioning service members and how dangerous they can be, it leaves the public with only a violent image regarding veterans. In the coverage of Itzcoatl Ocampo’s case, some news stations revealed his connection to the marines or the fact that he is a veteran before properly identifying him. Haynie goes to mention that “Iraq war veteran” and the word “monster” have been written within the same paragraph, creating a connection between those two…show more content…
This way cases like Ocampo’s will not be the only thing representing the veterans that come home after war. Which might also bring a wider range of articles about veterans that will not display them as being violent or dangerous but as human beings. Just like Bill Clinton, Haynie was aware of the stigma surrounding mental illness, the media can be aware of this too. Veteran Haynie is aware that if the media keeps connecting veterans and violence, the people will continue to view veterans as dangerous and this is something he is speaking out on so change can
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