The Effects War has on Veterans
Throughout history we have faced a lot of problems concerning foreign affairs, neighboring countries, and drastic wars. When I say we I really mean those who have served and are serving for our country. They have seen many arguments, confrontations, fights and deaths as well. Veterans are the people who have helped shape our society and make it what it is today. A Veteran is a person who had or has served for the United states Armed Forces(irs). There are over two million Veterans in the US today, and they all have a story to walk with(rac).
Veterans can be any man or woman who has served in any war. Vietnam was one of the first wars and it was traumatizing to the Vets. It was a war that the public resented and misunderstood(). The Vets from this war did not so much come home as heroes, they were more like victims of warfare who had no clue of the consequences. Agent Orange was chemical that later caused many illnesses to the veterans of the Vietnam war(effect).Spina Bifida, Parkinson’s Disease, and Hodgkin’s Disease are just a few examples of the many diseases that are caused from exposure to Agent Orange(ph). Cancers and other health problems were associated as well(ph). What caused Agent Orange to be so bad? Agent Orange contained 2, 4-D, which was used for plant and weed growth also known as dioxin. The U.S. thought there was no concern for the pesticide and over the years had sprayed over 20 million gallons over the Vietnam Jungle(us). The reaction was supposed to cause an immense growth in the plants which they could not handle and would immediately die(us). Unfortunately scientists did not know that Agent Orange was so toxic that it would take less than two millionths of an ounce to kill a mouse. This is because the toxic chemical can enter the body from all routes of entry(us). Once inside the body, the chemical is transported to the nucleus of the cell where a reaction causes a change in cell production(us). Before all the effects from war were classified as medical problems, they were really psychological and sociological disorders. One of the most common was called post traumatic stress syndrome.
Post traumatic stress syndrome was once known as battle fatigue or shell shocking(ph). It was not just from battle experiences or stress from the war, but it was the difference in the terrain that they were not accustomed to. There was also anxiety, the fear of death, and not knowing who was friend or foe(effect). It could have been that the men who fought in this war were forced to leave the foreign land without claiming a victory(effect). However, there was another disorder that could have been caused from war called PTSD.PTSD, or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, is caused by a traumatic event. Recovery from PTSD varies for many people, and can take a few months or even a few years(web). It was first brought to attention by the veterans of war, but then branched out to civilians and young children who experienced something tragic(web).
Not only are there physical and mental disorders to the Veterans, but their families are affected as well. Agent Orange can affect children and grandchildren of Veterans(rac). The chemicals from war can carry down the family generations. War also brings a lot of stress in to the Veterans family. Families were living without their brothers and fathers; they had to provide for themselves. During the time of the Vietnamese War, the economy was in a recession and nothing was going good. By the time our men were pulled out of war, the public had no idea what to do or what to expect next. It was a time full of tragedy and sorrows.
This is where my interview with Mr. Bud Gross will be. He is a very busy Veteran who organized a Society and awards scholarships to many striving students. Our interview will be over email and will be sent to me as soon as possible.
The next paragraph is from my next Interviewee Stephanie Durbin. She is a friend of mine who has had experience with her family members being in the war. Her Great Grandfather, Grandfather, and father have all served in a war from history.
This is where my observation from the Veterans Society Club on campus will be. I am attending that meeting on October 11, 2012 at 3:30. They meet on the first Wednesday of every month. So I will get that as soon as possible as well.
Another observation I took advantage of, was on campus at the Hendrix Theatre. I attended a speech from the inspiring Eric Alva. He was a boy at the time of the first attack on Iraq. At only nineteen he was an E-6 Supply Manager, heading towards Baghdad after they had just left Kuwait. Without any problems in Kuwait, they proceeded to enter the new country. His Squadron decided to take a rest before making the move, and Alva started prepping an MRE. Before he knew it he took a step in the sanded lot and an explosion had gone off. He was suddenly filled with fear and pain. As he looked down he saw that blood had covered his body and he could not hear or move. He had triggered a land mine and the soldiers were scared. After a couple more bombs went off, a helicopter came to fly out the injured soldiers. Needless to say Eric Alva survived the explosion with a broken leg, a broken arm, and a deformed hand so he thought. As he looked down he noticed his right leg had been amputated above the knee. Eric Alva was the first American soldier injured in the Iraqi war and had lived to tell his story to others. He is an inspiring speaker and is proud of the person he is today.
This paragraph is the last paragraph before my conclusion. It will state all of my feelings from the research to the people I interviewed.
This is my conclusion. I feel like I need all of my information before I can conduct a strong ending point.