PTSD involves re-experiencing the trauma, avoidance of things that are reminders of the trauma, and an uncomfortable state of arousal usually connected with readiness to avoid re-experiencing a trauma (Piotrowski and Range). Thousand of soldiers who come home from all different wars get diagnosed with PTSD and struggle to have a normal life after war. High school students do not understand how hard it is to live a typical lifestyle while suffering with the psychological impacts of post war. In the novel, The Red Badge of Courage, Henry had to learn about his emotional “on/off switch”. This was how henry was able to kill people during battle because he had to not let his emotions get to him and had to pick when to be emotional or not.
The Civil War was a brutal time in American history, pinning neighbor against neighbor. Many families were broken up and soldiers often the went wandering into battle aimlessly. Frustrated by this war, an American author, Stephen Crane shows his distaste for this war by his ironic works: the poem “War is kind” and the short story “The Mystery of Heroism” by bringing the loss of family and pointless deaths to advocate against the war. Throughout “War is Kind” a mockery of how the barbarity of war affect spouses, children and parents of the soldiers lost. It specifically focuses on the families orientated around the soldiers in battle and how their deaths have came to be.
"I love my country, but my country doesn 't love me." Those are the words used in the story of Major Lance Waldorf who was a commander, colleague, and friend of many people. Sadly, he committed suicide because after being called to war over 7,000 miles away to fight for the oppressed, his country had restricted him of his children; forced him into poverty; turned him into a criminal; and doomed him to prison. Relationship and financial troubles were the primary risk factors associated with his death. Let 's take a closer look at the key facts of suicide in the military, the role social workers play, and suicide prevention.
World War I completely destroyed the lives of many people. Men who just got out of high school got tricked into going into the military and fighting for their country. The fear of being killed in battle lingered in the hearts of many soldiers, young men dying from different diseases and horrible living conditions, and dealing with the loss of their mates in the army. War completely changed their view on life altogether as they sought different ways to survive. Mentally and physically they were drained, from the exhausting training they were ordered to do early in the morning, to feeling intense emotions of fear, loneliness, and sorrow.
Unveiling the Impact of War “War is only a cowardly escape from the problems of peace.” Thomas Mann War, in and of itself, creates memories that many soldiers discharged from service do not wish to talk about. However, the bottled up emotions many servicemen and servicewomen have because of their roles in the war creates a dilemma in that these veterans need to vent out their emotions. In the war novel The Things They Carried (1990) by Tim O’Brien, the story revolves around a fictional Tim O’Brien writing a war novel about a fictional version of his fictional self, and his time in the Vietnam War. Likewise, Oliver Stone’s war film Platoon(1986) covers the story of recent recruit Chris Taylor, portrayed by Charlie Sheen; Taylor’s narrative
Many of those who applied for both unemployment and disability were rejected because post-traumatic stress disorder was not yet recognized as a medical disorder. The speaker realizes he is being declined employment possibly due to his time in war when the employer says, “Son, don’t you understand” (Springsteen). The speaker doesn’t understand why he is being treated so poorly considering he is returning from fighting for their country. In addition to losing a lot back home, such as a job, a home, and many other possibilities, the speaker also loses a friend and a brother overseas; “I had a brother at Khe Sanh fighting off the Viet Cong / They 're still there, he 's all gone” (Springsteen). Khe Sanh was one of the largest battles in Vietnam; during the span of seventy-seven days, over ten thousand communist forces and around five hundred U.S. Marines were killed in action (History.com Staff).
War often confuses soldiers about what is morally right. While some may strictly adhere to following their own moral compass, others may lose sight of their beliefs and do whatever is needed to achieve the goal. The overall goal of most war films is to demonstrate to the viewers barbarous reality of armed conflict. In Full Metal Jacket war is shown as the brutal, violent tragedy it truly is and the soldiers are seen fighting not only the external battle surrounding them, but also an internal one of whether what they are doing is actually an honorable deed. One character, known as Mother Animal, essentially has no visible signs of internal conflict about killing a teenage sniper, yet Private Joker clearly has a difficult time accepting the idea of killing the young female shooter.
From the image, the authors wants to tell the readers that the war is horrifying, and tomorrow of the soldiers may never come.What’s more, readers can also feel of the sadness of author, for he loses his best friend. In addition, author expresses the hate to the war. Last but not least, the line “The torch; be yours to hold it high.” also attracts readers. “Torch” means “hope”. Though many people die in the fight, but a large number of them survive and the war hasn’t come to the end, so the survivors should keep fighting against the enemies so that they can protect their lands.
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.
Many people do not like their position in this world. For instance, they are vexed from working at a low paying job or pursuing a higher education. And, when they hear of a draft into the military, they go for it eventually regretting their choice, attempting to dodge the draft, change their minds, but cannot do so because they are already in the war. In order to challenge this prevailing ideal, Tim O'Brien wrote The Things They Carried as a memoir of his experiences during the Vietnam war, and to proclaim the injustices of the government towards the soldiers. Therefore, O’Brien’s odyssey in the war not only impacted his life but for all the other veterans as well, challenging the underlying power of the government in America through the unfair orders that they gave the soldiers and the little help that they gave the soldiers with mental illness.