In the United States, serving in the military is seen as a model of true patriotism, and rightfully so. Service members train for 10 weeks in their transition from civilian to a soldier. They train to be able to endure all the hardships that may come their way. Service members have to be in the best physical shape to serve and because of all that they do, they are thought of as brave and selfless people. Service members make extreme sacrifices to defend our country and act selflessly by doing so; it is fitting that they are seen as heroes by many Americans. 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
Helping our veterans should be mandatory because of their sacrifice. Even though some people believe war veterans acquire enough from the Government, others believe they deserve more for their services. Veterans of the United States of America should not be homeless since they fought for our country with a sense of bravery and commitment. Therefore, the Department of Veterans Affairs should be reconstructed, also expanded to meet the growing need of our veterans.
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.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is the main leading cause for veterans to kill themselves everyday. American soldiers are coming home from the past wars of Vietnam and current wars of Iraq and Afghanistan there suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (ptsd) which is on the rise of returning soldiers.
Almost 60% of all veterans say that the VA is doing “only fair” or a “poor” job at taking care of the problems faced by serviceman (Chandrasekaren). Current soldiers, as well as veterans, are facing problems like not be able to find a job because of a disability or not receiving compensation for an injury that occurred while in the service. Many wait months upon months just to be seen by a doctor. The men and women protecting this country deserve the best help available, and they are receiving very little or no help at all. Health care, benefits, and simply having money to survive are not problems that these individuals need to be facing after putting their lives on the line for us. Veterans need help, and our
The issue of veteran benefits in the United States is not taken as seriously as it should be in our country, even though it is a growing problem that needs to be addressed. The lack of available funding for veterans is especially obvious when compared to that available for lower income citizens, or even illegal immigrants. Also, what does exist appears to fall short in taking care of veteran’s needs. Considering that these veterans are people who have risked their lives fighting for this country, the fact that they are not receiving immediate benefits or even what they have earned is unfair. The VA needs to change the way it deals with Veterans and their bout with homelessness, consistent and worthwhile employment, and mental
The US has grappled with many questions about society’s obligations as to whether or not to offer services and benefits to the men and women in the armed forces. Supporters argue that helping veterans will help the society as whole and opponents argue that we shouldn’t be increasing our federal government spending in repaying veterans. Although I do see where people can argue that we are spending too much money on helping veterans after war, I believe that the government owes them for what they have done for the country, despite the cost. The government owes certain benefits to veterans because the men and women in the armed forces deserve to be welcomed home with a generous system of services for what they have done for the country.
Understanding PTSD symptoms is important, because PTSD makes one experience feelings of anger, aggression, despair, and hopelessness. Also, many have problems with relationships, social isolation, impairments in 4 work and school, homelessness, and suicide (National Alliance on Mental Illness, 2011). PTSD affects many elements of one’s life that can lead to devastating impacts without the proper treatment. Therefore exploration into the quality of services available for veterans is beneficial. The purpose of this study is to examine the perceptions and attitudes of combat veterans towards the quality of mental health services. (Toscano&Roberts pg.
Do you have any family in the military? Maybe a mom, dad, cousin, family member. Maybe you know someone that has a military based family? Every year more than 180,000 people enlist in the armed forces. Being deployed isn’t just hard on military personnel but also their surroundings including their loved ones and more. As one returns from deployment it’s a tough transition. You have to reestablish yourself and reconnect with your family. People come back changed and develop new ways and things think differently.The distance caused by the time away and the soldier 's inability to leave the trauma and mindset of combat behind them can make the return home from combat stressful and difficult for both the soldier and family. That 's why
Veteran’s pay a heavy price for our freedom, but do we in turn repay them back? Once veteran’s return home they receive several benefits, such as education, disability compensation, and low-cost medical care. Each are specific due to how they benefit each veteran, but not all are capable of fully providing the veteran.
SSGT Joseph White came into the local VA Community based clinic for medical care. When he was discussing his situation at home, the medical doctor found that it would beneficial that the social worker talk with SSGT White. The social worker obtained an appropriate assessment to assist with finding services that would be available to him through the VA and/or local community organizations for his symptoms and treatment options.
Pease uses the article to inform people about military veterans’ suicide risks. About fifty percent of veterans explained the readjustment of civilian life is a real struggle. Pease commented “There is the disorientation, change of status, a search of identity, and purposeful meaning of life again.” Most veterans who have psychological and physical injuries has difficulties of resuming their normal lives. The Pew Research Center did a survey that suggested PTSD veterans’ lives are more intense than the veterans who never suffered from PTSD. Pease listed some of the common symptoms of PTSD: hopelessness, depression, anger, and feelings of burdensomeness. Also, Pease implies veterans can experience relationship difficulties with their spouse
There are over forty-seven thousand American veterans who are homeless and seventy percent of those veterans are suffering from some form of mental illness. Most veterans who have mental illness, mostly PTSD, do not know how to get help. About eleven percent of the adult homeless population are veterans .The veterans who are suffering from PTSD do not want to get help mostly because they do not have the funds to get the help they need or they are afraid of seeking help. If the government would give more funding to the Veteran Affairs or other organizations, it would be easier for homeless veterans to find the help that they
The Vietnam War was one of the few military conflicts which USA had been involved that had been suspended because of unprecedented public unfavorability in the country. Increasing public disobedience and demonstrations erupted after continuous revealing of news related to real situation in Vietnam such as the atrocities committed by USA Armed Forces, and large soldier casualties enhanced the scale of transformation which American society had already been undergoing. For example, Inghram (2006) points out the Vietnam War was one of events in the 1960s, by which civil rights organizations were attempting to gain more rights for African-Americans so that they could be integrated racially into