I have concluded it isn’t because of the horrible effects of post war. Many Vietnam veterans had to deal with it if not still deal with it. War can also bring sadness to the family members of a soldier that past away. We already know from The Forever War that it can dehumanize you to where nothing really bothers you anymore and you really don’t care in more. We have also learned of the hard ships that Vietnam Veterans felt with, and know how most of them couldn’t even find job’s.
They fight for our freedom and our rights and we repay them by becoming homeless. Us Americans should be helping our troops when they come home. We do not treat our veterans right. They fight for our country, but when they come home they are not treated right. The physical, mental and emotional fatigue that comes with serving in combat is immense and many soldiers see their
The soldiers also grow close together and treat each other like family during their service which, consequently, makes it hard to leave them. Veterans feel isolated when they return home because their friends and family have not experienced combat like they had. One veteran who was interviewed claimed that “I can tell stories all night long and [my family] probably won’t really grasp what’s going on”(Ahern pg.5). Most veterans feel that no one can truly understand what they went through in war without being in war. Nevertheless, they feel disconnected from their friends and family.
To illustrate this idea, the author compares the older soldiers to the young soldiers, when the narrator states, “They have wives, children, occupations and interests...We stood on the threshold of life. And so it would seem. We had as yet taken no root...[We] do not know what the end may be. We know only that in some strange and melancholy way we have become a wasteland” (Remarque 20). This excerpt can be interpreted to mean that the young soldiers are too young to have a real place like home, causing them to feel insignificant, but the older soldiers have a reason to live, for their “wives, children, occupations and interests.” The author uses the phrase, “taken no root,” to convey how the young soldiers have never been anywhere long enough to grow their “roots”, suggesting that they have no safe place, a place like home.
Unfortunately I see more patients under the age 30 overdosing on drugs. Most of the patients recover, but then there are some patients that are not as fortunate. As you stand by the patients side and witness how destroyed parents are to find their children deceased in front of them. How much the parents blame themselves for this happening, but really they had no control over it. Then you have patients who has younger children that have to say goodbye to their mother or father that will never be able to see or speak to them again.
He got disability and social security for six years until he stopped getting checks from social security because there were supposedly numerous unskilled one handed jobs. It was situations like this that made Vietnam veterans feel unappreciated. The veterans from World War II were welcomed with open arms while the Vietnam veterans were denied social security. Black veterans who came back home were not treated with the respect and dignity that they deserved. First lieutenant Archie Biggers was treated differently by the black community because he was an officer.
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.
After thinking about the insufficient care being given to many suffering from this mental illness/disability, it was an easy decision. Being raised in a military community I have seen firsthand the impact PTSD has on a family and the effects it has on the individual. As a child of someone who suffers from PTSD I know how unbearable it is for many soldiers to return to everyday life post-deployment. Living with someone who has PTSD has caused me to think about every move I make. Whether it is waking my dad up in the morning, or not walking into a room without him knowing I am there.
It’s like having the same nightmare every night and waking up feeling the same way you felt the day before. Not happy or sad, just mad. Many times I have to take a step back and check myself more often these days, so I don’t lose my shit. The sad truth of the matter is that the life I was accustomed to no longer existed. Now like most families my family is not perfect by any means, and I admit that
I am generally a positive person to be around and I try not to judge anyone for the choices that they make or the beliefs that they subscribe to. I just treat everyone with the same respect that I would like to be treated with. People in the past have told me I wear my heart on a sleeve and it hurts me sometimes. People tend to take advantage of the fact that once i'm committed to someone I would walk to the ends of earth for them. This is one of my biggest flaws and I really
Zamperini also endured years of alcoholism and PTSD from his time as a Prisoner of War before his religious awakening. An account of his life after the war stated, “After the war, Zamp was reunited with his family. On the surface, everything seemed normal - until something upset Louie. Then his long-building frustrations came to the surface, shocking those who loved him. Adjusting to civilian life was difficult.
Many came home to find that they were replaced in their old occupations and that, in general, jobs were in short supply. As a result, unemployment among veterans was triple that of civilians in 1947. Moreover, housing was hard to find leaving many veterans without a stable home. Furthermore, while there was a baby boom after the war, there was also a divorce boom. Marital relations suffered after the war as veterans silently struggled with their mental health.