War is horrific, but for those men and women that fight, the horror lasts. Of men and war is a documentary directed by Laurent Bécue-Renard that showcases the demons that our men and women in uniform must face upon returning home from armed conflict. The film deeply delves into the psychological turmoil that can become a veterans' existence after experiencing the horrors of war. The film revolves around a small group of U.S veterans from various conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, who are in a veterans' recovery program for their PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). The men recount their experiences, their anger, and their coping mechanisms. It follows these veterans throughout their path to recovery, some make it, while others …show more content…
It was first conceptualized in 1980, prior to that, the soldiers were just given psychotic meds and sent on their way.“In World War One, they called it shell shock. Second time around, they called it battle fatigue. After 'Nam, it was post-traumatic stress disorder”(Jan Karon, Home to Holly Springs). Despite more awareness, PTSD is still not understood by the general populace due to this, veterans coming home from war have an extremely difficult time re-assimilating into normal American society. This difficulty results in a social stigma around our vets, which makes this such a major social issue. Politically, PTSD is an issue due to how the veterans seek treatment. The VA (Department of Veterans’ Affairs) is responsible for the benefits and treatments of our U.S veterans. Recently, the effectiveness of the VA’s treatment methods have been called into question. To paraphrase a WIRED article, the main treatment that the VA uses is antipsychotics, which are “no more effective than placebos and come with serious side effects”(“The VA fails at PTSD treatment-again”). This means that the treatment of PTSD is a political issue, because it is run by the government and politicians decide how the VA is run.
Of men and war is a harrowing look into the world of veterans struggling with all of the after-effects of war, the main one being PTSD. From this disorder, many problems arise, including anger, depression,
Mental Health Of Soldiers According to FHEHealth “between 2001 and 2014, the number of veterans committing suicide rose above 20 per day”. Veterans are suffering mentally to the point of suicide because of post-traumatic stress disorder from the trauma they experienced. As O’Brien writes about his stories he explains the effects war has on soldiers. War causes soldiers to become numb to death and the trauma from the war leaves them with PTSD, in The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien demonstrates that war ruins soldiers' mental health.
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.
War Prompt War always has an impact no matter who is involved. This can be a good thing to the nations and groups who win the war, or a bad thing for those on the other side, but the men involved on either end are forced to endure specific things that affect them for life. The psychological trauma on soldiers not only affects them when in war, but also afterwards when they are in society. Experiencing an event or taking part in an act leaves scars on these people who sometimes have to live with it for the rest of their lives. What a soldier experiences and sees during war leaves them with traumatic memories even though they may have not taken part in it.
PTSD Affecting Soldiers He stood there, frozen, shocked, not knowing what to do when he saw a gun pointed at him. Thankfully, the trigger didn’t work, but he had to witness a scarring event, in which he had shot his enemy in the head. It is not surprising that soldiers returning from a stressful war often suffer from a psychological condition called Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. For instance, in the book Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers, the principle character Perry unmistakably demonstrates how war troopers can be damaged and experience the ill effects of PTSD.
In Soldier from the War Returning, Thomas Childers writes that “a curious silence lingers over what for many was the last great battle of the war.” This final battle was the soldier’s return home. After World War II, veterans came back to the United States and struggled with stigmatized mental illnesses as well as financial and social issues. During the war, many soldiers struggled with mental health issues that persisted after they came home.
In the recent years, the number of mental health professionals providing for the military has dwindled, there is almost no combat-specific psychologists left, and the wait time to be treated for a mental health issue by the Department of Veterans Affairs has drastically increased. Examining MilitaryOneSource and the Department of Veterans Affairs, two of the most highly regarded military health providers, the lack of mental health services for veterans and active duty members has diminished and has resulted in a multitude of veterans going untreated or even ending their own life instead of receiving the help they
Society and the legal system need to be more vigilant in our understanding of what triggers PTSD. Veterans that are unable to be restored back into society should be placed where they can live their lives comfortably with limited interaction within regular society. Veterans scarified and often paid with their lives to serve for their country and their country should display more appreciation. If U.S. legal system feels it’s too expensive to properly care for our veterans than we should stop instigating fights that lead to war. Secondly, we claim not to have money for veterans and veterans’ healthcare but billions of dollars are spent on funding wars, and the Republicans support millionaires instead of supporting the military veterans.
Greed, ambition, and fear are words that can pressure people to do negative things. People who are overwhelmed by this type of pressure face terrible consequences, which undoubtedly lead to their inevitable downfall. A war is typically fought in order to gain an upper hand over another nation, but at an expense of people dying. No one really knows the reason why sacrifices have to be made and nations have to be divided. Soldiers who have perished are often forgotten and people forget to mourn for those who have fought to save the lives of many others.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in The Things They Carried During the turbulent times of the Vietnam War, thousands of young men entered the warzone and came face-to-face with unimaginable scenes of death, destruction, and turmoil. While some perished in the dense Asian jungles, others returned to American soil and were forced to confront their lingering combat trauma. Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried provides distinct instances of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and reveals the psychological trauma felt by soldiers in the Vietnam War. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD for short, is the most common mental illness affecting soldiers both on and off the battlefield.
Because of all the training that soldiers to do to make them stronger for war, a common misconception people have is thinking that veterans come back from war stronger mentally and physically. Granted, veterans may be in better shape after the war but in
Supporters argue that there are ample programs to support our military, while opponents disagree. Mental health disorders are a byproduct of war, they both agree to this. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), acute stress, anxiety, and depression are all mental health disorders soldiers can suffer from. Tens of thousands of soldiers are diagnosed with one of these conditions, but many never come forward or seek help. Many soldiers are afraid of the stigma associated with being diagnosed with a mental illness; they do not want to be perceived as being weak physical or mentally.
Veterans are some of the bravest men and women that you will ever know. They fought for our country in our most desperate hours and risked their lives so we could have the chance to live ours. It is such a shame that they are ignored and even homeless in today 's society. I had wondered how we could get veterans of the street and back into the job world. After research I found that there are programs and methods put in place specifically to help these struggling veterans.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, also known as PTSD, is a mental disorder that most often develops after a veteran experiences a traumatic event. While having this illness, the veteran believes their lives are in danger. They also may feel afraid or feel they have no control over what is happening. If their feeling does not go away, the symptoms may disrupt the person 's life, making it hard to continue daily activities.
Accompanying these weapons was the first emphasis on war trauma-related mental illness, with soldiers returning from battle with PTSD, misnomered and misunderstood as ‘shell-shock’. Rates of PTSD climbed steadily after World War II and the Vietnam War as weaponry became more and more advanced, reaching 12% of soldiers who saw direct combat in the Gulf War being diagnosed with PTSD afterwards (cite). Clearly, there is a strong connection between advanced weaponry and mental illness in soldiers, proving that violent weaponry negatively affects those who are forced to encounter