Over the course of the Unites States extended involvement in the Vietnam war, nearly 60,000 American lives were lost with 350,000 casualties. The war wreaked havoc on the soldiers who served and their families. Approximately 830,000 soldiers suffered from PTSD, and of them, 480,000 were so affected they were considered disabled. At home, this war became very unpopular quickly, and strikes, anti-war demonstrations, and rallies became very common. Lyndon Johnson faced harsh chants concerning his policies and the war, and the American people became increasingly less optimistic, as the pace of the war was controlled by the North Vietnamese.
After the Vietnam War, the American military returned home to find that they were not greeted with the upmost respect that they deserve. Instead, a profuse amount of Vietnam veterans were shunned and neglected. Many of these veterans suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which was not nearly as understood as it was after the Vietnam War. As a result of how the Vietnam veterans were treated and cared for, countless amounts of people have donated their time and money to help prevent another aftermath like the Vietnam War’s. The Vietnam War had a long lasting impact on America not only because of the war, but also the impact at home on domestic land and the aftermath of the war.
Many songs were created during the Vietnam War, many were pro-war and many were anti-war. Most of the lyrics in this song make it obvious that this song is meant to protest the war, especially the lines that say "War, huh, yeah, What is it good for, Absolutely nothing". This song attempts to portray the war as completely negative by focusing on everything that is lost during, or because of the war. One of the sections of the song that really stands out to me is the part that says "War means tears, To thousands of mothers eyes, When their sons go to fight, And lose their lives." I believe that this section of this song is really powerful because it carries a lot of emotion.
You have seen the torture that takes place overseas. You have seen the heartbreak of loss time and time again. How could you possibly come home the same person that was stationed nine months early? The greatest battle for many men and women that have served in the war is not necessarily the scene of war itself, but rather the aftermath. When they arrive home with many wounds.
Even though we weren’t under attack, the memories he accumulated throughout the war had just begun to invade his mind as if he was being possessed by the fear we all hid deep inside. Some say his behavior that night was probably because he had a nightmare, others say it 's because he’s lost it. To be honest, I have no idea what to think anymore because as time went on, these incidents began to become common amongst others in our unit. Unfortunately, it’ll be awhile until we can all go home again and recover from the damage we’ve taken throughout the war. Since we still have orders to stay in Vietnam for a while to train and fight alongside South Vietnam, there’s not much we can do except be prepared to defend ourselves against the communists from taking
The anecdote was a real life story about how he was in war. He said it was horrific and terrifying. Which made the point that donald would not do well because of him not listening to veterans. These personal stories give a personal connection to the reader giving them a feeling of personal disbelief. Another Rhetorical device is theme.
Even though their wars were about 60 years apart, both Paul and Jimmy Cross had to psychological scars from their experiences at war. Not even the deadliest weapons could save both soldiers from the devastating mental scars the war leaves on them. Both, “The Things They Carried,” and All Quiet on the Western Front illustrated the aspects of war that lead to post traumatic stress disorder, that many soldiers still experience today. Sometimes there is no choice of the weapons a soldier is given to fight with, but the mental toleration of the horrors of war can be obtained by
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.
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.