Throughout the story, there are several examples of veterans struggling because they no longer live the life they used to. The struggle continues even “thirty years after military discharge,” (Shay 6) causing [one veteran] to “[use] up four weeks of vacation time, 150 hours of sick time, and 80 hours without pay” (Shay 6) in only one year. Bear, a Vietnam veteran, mainly has to leave work in order to “prevent himself from killing somebody, but also to receive treatment at the VA” (Shay 6). Bear isn’t able to live a normal life because of the violent military experiences he lived through. If forced to live a “normal” life, he believes he would put everyone (coworkers and family alike) in harm's way.
Is it the stresses of war and inadequate job training? In addition, could it be untreated PTSD that keeps veterans from being productive once back in civilian life, thus causing the risk of homelessness? PTSD is one of the leading problems leading to homelessness among our veterans. As a veteran, myself, I understand the day to day struggles to come to grips with some things that were experienced as a soldier. For example, seeing fellow soldiers shot or killed, or the people you’re there to help turn on you, it’s a living nightmare.
Lennie tries to be in line with society however, his disability makes it much harder, especially in the time period that this story takes place in. To begin, public hospitals were understaffed and patients were often left without any kind of treatment. According to blogs.cofc.edu, conditions were also deteriorating due to a lack of funding during the Great Depression. This is important because it could explain why Lennie is not getting any actual treatment in the story. People who had a mental disability were also usually
In the article “Stop Feeling Sorry For American Veterans” by James Joyner, it mentions that veterans are extremely less likely to “fit in” with their peers in a college setting. It states that factors such as age and life experiences-and the “overbearing” stereotype that many veterans need special attention given their situation-make a college lifestyle more difficult than necessary. While this is true, it is also disregarding the veterans who did suffer physical/mental ailments. Who-as it currently stands-still do not obtain proper
And this can cause some permanent damage to that person. People in today's society were not giving these veterans coming home from the war the treatment they need and well-deserved. However, the treatment of these veterans has been getting worse as time goes on. These veterans come home expecting glory and end up being treated very poorly. A fictional epic tale is about a hero who goes through many tragic events this epic is titled the Odyssey.
He struggled to find a job after being rejected from multiple businesses because of his race. His poem Sympathy is just one example of how he felt trapped like a caged bird in his life. Even though the Civil War was over, African Americans still did not have as many privileges and opportunities as most White people had. Most of Dunbar’s writing showed his perspective of life and the struggles that came with it. Maya Angelou was born in 1928 and suffered a hard childhood that later on affected her writing.
If Antinous was still alive the suiter’s would have not treated Odysseus like a king, they would’ve treated him poorly with Antinous. Altogether, treatment of Odysseus shows that after they come home people will treat the person differently than they did before and they will not have the honor or loyalty to that specific person. Many years later some veterans are not able to recover from the war and traumatic memories, even after treatment. In this article, four veterans share their story about what triggered their PTSD and what they do for treatment. Mercer, Wiry, Leban, and Graves all have something in common, they all suffer from the disease, PTSD and they all tried to seek some form of treatment.
It seems that if someone is different, they act differently or they look different than what is socially “acceptable” they have a more difficult time being accepted by their community. Steinbeck uses Lennie’s disability to illustrate his ideas about discrimination in society and this parallels with its role in society today. Lennie’s disability hindered his acceptance throughout the book. First of all, the other men just see him as a set of strong hands, rather than an actual man. George for instance, says near the beginning of the book, “If he sees ya work before he hears ya talk, we’re set” (6).
For families itself, this situation makes them hard to pay bills, a serious illness or disabling accident may deplete their funds and push them out onto the street. They can be homeless because of several reasons such as loss of combined income, legal fee, extra payments, and others. Whereas they do not have places to survive with sufficient money and end up they decide to sleep at the road, bus stop, bridge and street. Changes in family structure, such as the increase in single-parent families and the decline of marriage rates, are thought to have made families weaker to changing economic conditions which can lead to homelessness. That is, more families are becoming dependent on a single-wage earner, making them increasingly liable to severe economic hardship as a result of a job loss due to economic conditions, poor health, or some other
First of all, something that can be even worse for the kids is that they could have disabilities along with their parents such as ADHD and they can’t get proper treatment because of the lack of money. Also, their children still need food and water to survive and when their homeless with their parents because they got screwed up in the military, that can be a very hard thing for the kids to deal with. Lastly, the kids do not deserve the situation they’re in. They don’t deserve to be homeless just because their parents had to go to the military and after all the things the parents had to deal with, them and they’re kids need
They were afraid that they would lose them or never hear from them again. With this fear and the addition of the draft that caused families to be split up. The draft also made it to where the men were being forced to serve even if they did not want to. There was a loss of younger children and older family members from the war and there was a hard time trying to communicate with one another. The lack of communication added an extra burden because there was no instant response.
in the past disabled people have been considered threats or less worthy than others resulting in them in being shunned from society. For example during the crusades lepers were sent off to live in isolated towns and in the 1600s laws such as the hoˆpital ge ́ne ́ral, were put in place to keep undesired away from the public. When their is war the disabled veterans who come home have helped change the perspective of certain disabilities; a loss of limb or blindness was viewed being less distressing because more people came back from war with these ailments. Then conflict like civil rights movements for different ethnic minorities and women 's rights have helped paved way for more legislation for the rights of disabled people. in recent wars such
This fear often creates barriers to those seeking care. Many veterans returning from war do not want to seek help from the VA or other mental health facilities for fear that others may see them as weak and helpless. Fanning & Pietrzak (2013) report that 60% of older male veterans currently have suicidal ideations and are not receiving mental health treatment. “Rural agrarian culture values, which champion a strong work ethic, independence and self-reliance, may inhibit treatment seeking behavior (McCarthy et al, 2012). In 2007-2008, approximately 36% of VA patients lived in rural areas (McCarthy et al, 2012).
James McBride, author of the memoir The Color of Water, grew up in a dangerous time period for people of his color. Throughout the early to mid-1900s people that were African American or mixed were not treated the same as they are now. Many lives were taken during that time purely for the reason that their skin was not white. Although some individuals had a lighter skin tone, despite being mixed, many were not bestowed that “blessing”, as it would have been deemed in that time. Those who were lacking the “blessing” were often thought less of by both races, and consequently faced a larger risk of peril.
Transitioning from one thing to another can challenge a person emotional feelings. Tom Brennan was affected while being emotionally hurt which caused trouble transitioning into life. Due to the tragic crash by Tom’s brother not only he was hurt mentally but rather his whole family. ‘The Story of Tom Brennan’ is full of flashbacks which reflect upon his past, however he is made adapt into the new world without his loving brother which reduce the number of flashbacks, expressing Tom’s ideology of the past is fading. An example of the Brennan’s showing their emotional state is shown with the use of emotive language through Tom’s narration in the prologue ‘In a couple of hours they would wake up and find us gone, far away, so as not to remind them