Now Iraq war veterans are not being welcomed home like Vietnam veterans but are not appreciated by a good amount of Americans. Instead of being thanked many Americans instantly go into their own political thoughts. Active duty soldiers are being threatened by the cut back of some benefits they deserve as well as no increase in pay. There are many similarities and differences between the treatment of our returning heroes from the past Vietnam War and the current Iraq War. The Vietnam War was also known by a number of different names, such as the Second Indochina War, the Vietnam Conflict, or the American War.
He and his fellow soldiers encounter many physical and mental problems while transitioning back from combat into our environment. Our soldiers have not been receiving the medical attention they deserve and need to cure PTSD. Due to the lack of knowledge that care is available to members serving, the numbers of military related suicides are rising. Through care groups, self-seeking advancements and psychological analysis studies soldiers can overcome PTSD or avoid it completely. PTSD is medically defined as an anxiety disorder that can occur after going through a traumatic event.
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.
The result of this was that many Vietnam veterans suffered psychological damage. “Studies have proven that compared with other men of that generation Vietnam veterans have higher rates of psychiatric disorders, heart disease, alcoholism and alcohol-related diseases, as well as a higher suicide rate” this impacted a lot on most of the veterans. Many of the veterans couldn’t sleep at night because they would have nightmares, as Len’s wife said “I would not touch Len when he is sleeping because he would quickly attack me”. One of the most common psychological impact is PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) this affected most of the veterans as they couldn’t settle back into their old life. During this time “divorce rates were higher than average and 38% reported that their marriage failed within 6 months of returning home.
This was vicissitude on the Confederacy, and it made them realize they had little prospect for the rest of the war. This pessimistic mindset added to the significance of this Civil War turning point. Another reason the Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point of the Civil War was how much hardship set in. According to Document C, many generals were killed. In the letters between Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis, it was mentioned that General Barksdale was killed, some generals were missing, and others were severely wounded.
A military commission investigating the massacre found widespread failures of leadership, discipline, and morale among the Army's fighting units. As the war progressed, many "career" soldiers had either been rotated out or retired. Many more had died. In their place were scores of draftees whose fitness for leadership in the field of battle was questionable at best. Military officials blamed inequities in the draft policy for the often slim talent pool from which they were forced to choose leaders.
Even though, many men were drafted and did not have a choice about whether to serve their country or not, they were still treated with disrespect and unkindness when they came home. Vietnam vets began getting sick and dying after returning home. “Agent Orange” was discovered to be the possible cause of the illness and death; doubt grew toward the government and leaders once again. Echoes of what happened during the years of the Vietnam War still echo today, but maybe that is a good thing. The American people have learned to question the actions of its leaders and lend a voice to those who are in need.
There are many different reactions to the Vietnam war, including reactions to the country and soldiers. The country was in protest. Soldiers were often treated poorly and alienated. People wanted to end the war while some people wanted to use maximum military force. People reacted with protests.
As WWI and WWII occurred letters were sent home however there was not a good understanding as many words were bleeped out, this had reason as this information was kept away from publicity however for the first time, no words were bleeped or what so ever. All information was presented. Many Australians changed their aspect towards there beliefs about this particular war, this was also brought up, a group of mothers who were not approving conscription started an opposition group such as S O S (save our sons). Supporters of such wars ie. Elder generations of Australians who strongly believed in ANZAC sprit stated that young people SHOULD strongly believe in the ANZAC
The widespread media-coverage of the war that was not there during the Korean War also contributed to the negative image of Vietnam Veterans by providing media coverage of events like the My Lai Massacre, in which US soldiers killed hundreds of unarmed Vietnamese citizens. Even though both wars were both limited proxy wars whose conflict’s root lay in the cold war, the two wars differ in the ways that they were fought, the outcomes of the wars and consequently the effects that the wars had domestically and internationally. The Vietnam War, having been fought by a post-World War II generation has greatly changed the widespread social opinion on the topic of war and marked the beginning of a new era. The soldiers who fought in Korea were widely regarded as heroes in our country and those who were in Vietnam were not, even though they were serving their country in the same