The repetition is used in order to show the fear in the men. This scene constantly goes through their head as they fearfully await their fate. This misleading of fate, in their minds, serves as emotional baggage that the men must sustain. Another emotional load that the men have to "hump" is the longing to be with loved ones. In the Vietnam War, many young men were forced to leave their wives and families to fight for a questionable cause.
These soldiers killed innocent civilians but these soldiers when they killed these innocent unarmed civilians were thinking in terms of war and not in terms of right or wrong. Like the characters in War and “Hurt Locker” the soldiers in My Lai became so adapt to war that war became the natural thought process. These soldiers thought that they were killing hundreds of Viet Cong that killed some of their own soldiers with mines but they were wrong. The soldiers forced these people into a ditch at the edge of their town and started to shoot all the people in the ditch. This is not something that normal civilians would do this is something that only a society that war has become its natural state would do.
PTSD Analysis Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a hot button topic in today’s world because many soldiers come home from war and do not receive the proper health care they deserve. Each day normal human beings encounter stress; it is inevitable to avoid it. For Brendon Burgess, a member of our United States Army, he experienced a whole new level of stress that we can not begin to imagine, now called PTSD. Upon many soldiers, like Brendon, returning to “normalcy” back home is easier said than done. He and his fellow soldiers encounter many physical and mental problems while transitioning back from combat into our environment.
Throughout history there have always been wars that had to be fought with soldiers defending something they believe in. There will always be a demand for soldiers willing to fight for their country because war is inevitable and will always be a part of our way of life. Veterans and soldiers will experience things they wish they had never seen before and become scared from the things they witness while being in combat. War will have many negative effects on a lot of people including veterans, active duty soldiers, their families, and even with people who have experienced any tragedies while being faced with combat. Unfortunately war can’t bring anything positive because it requires bravery and sacrifice and sadly veterans coming home don’t always come back the same
Vietnam veterans and their Families. Approximately 59,000 Australians served in the Vietnam War, and following the conflict many found themselves unable to adequately deal with the physical and emotional scars rendered by their service. The Vietnam veterans were the brave, courageous men who fought for our country on the front line, and survived. This experience was not only a traumatic one for those who participated in the war, but also for their families, who spent days, months and even years wondering whether their loved ones had survived. Although the veterans had extensive training that prepared them for the war, no amount of training could ever prepare them for the emotional consequences that followed the war, including adjustment back into society.
Lieutenant Cross knows that it was because of his carelessness, that Ted Lavender was dead. This is shown on page 346, when O’Brien writes, “He felt shame. He hated himself. He had loved Martha more than his men, and as a consequence, Lavender was now dead, and this was something he would have to carry like a stone
During the time of the Vietnam War thousands of soldiers who felt it was their duty to protect their country lost their life. This, in itself, did not mean that in this story the Lieutenant should have continued on his journey leading to the path of destruction and not have prevented the loss of members of his troop. Neither did the fact that the Lieutenant was of the same age as those in his troop. According to the narrator, O-Brien was a man who took the death of each of his men seriously. It is possible as outlined in this story that he had a change of venue, an epiphany, in that his infatuation and love for a girl back home might be the culprit for his loss of focus in his duty as Lieutenant and that he held himself responsible for loss of lives.
It often came down to hand to hand contact and quick thinking. This war scared almost all the soldiers for life, the ones who lived through it all at least. The total number of US casualties in the Vietnam War was 58,220. The ones who did live didn’t get a welcome home either. When the Vietnam Veterans returned back home they were treated worse than some of the terrorists now a days.
Plodding blood from lungs that once you had the chance to laughter, talk, kisses. Many of the sights which will hang the soldiers are not what the officials have ordered them to do but what they have done to save their own lives. It is the tragedy of war that you are not able to stop to help a dying man. What do you expect, it is a war. Millions of people are involved in armed conflicts in the world today.
This disorder not only accompanies heavy physical wounds at times, but the emotional damage it carries is sometimes just as heavy if not heavier. For our men and women facing battle, life-threatening experiences can and do happen as they conduct the everyday tasks that are required of them in the line of duty. We now know these internal battles have a name called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Since the very first battles we have found ourselves in, those in charge of the care and feeding of our soldiers were often tasked with helping the soldiers who could no longer deal with the stresses of battle on their own. Post-traumatic stress disorder is a category used to describe a wide range of dysfunctional responses to traumatic events that have been experienced.