During war, as seen in We Were Soldiers a soldier can see some very disturbing things. It is these things, such as seeing a close friend get shot, killed or blown up that can cause severe mental trauma. The way the American soldiers always took care of their own, while heroic, was costly. The American motto is “No man left behind”, this means that no matter what shape the soldier is in, his body will not be left where he died. Seeing someone get shot, and then trying to recover him while being shot at, or holding the injured soldier as he’s bleeding to death, will cause the memories to be ingrained in a soldier 's mind for the rest of his life.
He had been recovering pretty well but he fell ill again and never recovered. Death has been commonplace here in Germany the last few years with ex troops dying from battle wounds and people succumbing to the effects of poverty. Even years after the end of the war, death is still a prominent factor of everyday life. With the war and its consequences came hardships for many countries but because Germany was the antagonist of the war we got the brunt of the reparations for the war. The entire country has been made to suffer for Germany.
Futility means pointlessness or uselessness. Futility reflects the changing mood of the soldiers because they witness each soldier being killed and the mourning of death. The soldiers experience a good persona when they are enlisted for the war as they are seen as heroic and that they are noble for serving their country but then their personas decrease as they realise that its more difficult
Not only were they physically and psychologically damaged, their new lives in the trenches were horrific, and after the war, veterans returned home unemployed. To begin with, the battle had put so much stress on those fighting in the war; many were not able to return to who they once were. Wounds were battle scars that the soldiers forever carried, and many who could no longer handle the memories of warfare broke down and were taken over by shell shock. William Halse Rivers, a neurologist who treated officers during World War One, states, “I hope to show that many of the most distressing symptoms from which the subject of war neurosis suffer, are not necessarily the result of the strain and shock to which they have been exposed, but are also due to an attempt to banish the mind distressing memories of warfare.” Shell shock and other damages were the results of the battle. The lives of others were traded for Canada’s successes, hence why the victories of the war were not worth the prices paid.
According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs, the veteran suicide rate was running at 22 suicides a day in 2012. This number of suicides exceeded the number of soldiers actually killed in battle. Many are surprised by this statistic, and many have looked further into the reasons of why this is. The main characters in both “The Sniper” and “The Firing Squad” reveal some of these potential feelings about war from a soldier’s perspective. Captain Adam from “The Firing Squad” and the sniper from “The Sniper” have similar views on war.
The work itself represents his fears and anxiety he has about the war even though he has already been discharged. (Sayre 1144) One may endure physical hardship during was but one may also suffer emotional damage as well that can even be more detrimental. Regardless, Kirchner also painted Self Portrait as a Sick Person in 1918, which illustrates himself suffering with post traumatic stress disorder, alcoholism and a few other conditions he suffered from. (Aronson and Ramachandran) Even though Kirchner was still well alive after and during the war, he was not a reliable source of consistent artwork because of his mental
Trauma due to combat is common with soldiers who come home and once situated reflect on their experiences. Being in the line of fire and losing comrades in battle was their reality, a reality that endured some of the most brutal forms of warfare. They were sent to fight away from home for months, even years at a time, and undergo a series of terrible physical and emotional experiences. It’s no wonder that they are emotionally and psychologically incapable of processing these experiences as anything but natural. PTSD is not exclusive to just war veterans, as it affects anyone exposed to different trauma situations, such as car accidents, rape and other violent events.
Military and stress go hand in hand. There have been many cases about military personal and self-harm and trauma. 22 veterans and 1 active duty solider commit suicide daily. They turn to suicide as their only way of relief. Veterans self-harm to cop with losing someone close to him or her or other traumatic experiences.
“ I am left with basically nothing. Too trapped in a war to be at peace, too damaged to be at war." Army veteran, Daniel Somers, is one of many who have struggled with the transition from military life into civilian life. A major concern of the veteran population is suicide. Over 1,300 United States military members died by suicide between the years 2006 and 2010 (Langford, Litts, & Pearson, 2013).