He is overcome with grief as he vividly recalls the flashbacks that he faces when visiting the Memorial for the first time. He is confronted by raw emotion and is determined not let his thoughts consume him. He fights back the tears, “I said I wouldn’t, dammit: No Tears (Komunyakaa 3,4)” that he promised himself not to allow anyone to see. While a simple goal it was not one that is easy to achieve. Although he was a Veteran of the Vietnam War, his grief and pain are reminiscent of most war veterans.
As they re-emerge into civilization, they struggle to establish a personal identity or a place in society because they lack the proper education or job skills. In addition, there are no supportive groups to help them find their way, which makes them feel even more isolated, unappreciated, and exploited for serving their country. This scenario is similar to what many Vietnam veterans have felt in their transition from battle to home, and as a result, they faced many struggles in their post-war lives. War has always had a profound effect on those who
He has found that readjusting to daily life is rough. Up until last year, Matt has constantly feared another deployment. Matthew also suffers form Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, also known as PTSD. Matthew has contemplated suicide on several occasions like many other soldiers returning from war. Not only has he suffered problems with PTSD,
This is due to the ability to adapt in times of desperation. Eventually after these years of serving as a soldier he is relieved and sent to a rehabilitation camp. Here he has a long, tough recovery process which even when recovered leaves him scarred and can never fully be healed. This shows that he was slightly lucky to even recover at all. For example, when soldiers come back from war, 22% of these soldiers suffer an unrecoverable long term phase of PTSD and sometimes the inability to work or function normally ever again.
Jake handles the war injury as well as anyone could. “What’s the matter with you anyway?” “I got hurt in the war”(24) Even though he turns to alcohol and feels lonely every once in a while he passes that by confiding in new friends and making memories with the old ones as well. Brett Ashley was another character impacted by the war. Her husband had died in battle and it was extremely tough to get through. “During the war.
Although Hemingway does not describe much about what Krebs experienced during the war, it is obvious that this man went through a transformation, and returned with what an outsider looking in would call extreme apathy. Harold Krebs, along with millions of other men and women, experienced war, an undertaking many can and will never know. Because of his service, he will never be able to truly return home, return to fulfilling society’s wants, return to the old Harold Krebs. Those who have never experienced what Krebs has, such as his own mother, will never understand what it was like, and will continue to force him to satisfy their standards of what is normal. Krebs’ sense of compassion and emotion was scarred in the war.
We are introduced to him as being “…afraid to go to sleep.” As this was the very first words we see- it emphasises the difficulties he was suffering from the realities of war from the start. The adjective “afraid” highlights that although he was physically exhausted- his brain was damaged from the war and as a result he couldn’t sleep due to the mental damage. Therefore he was worsening his health by sleep deprivation. However, within the last few pages the adjectives describe him to be “…happy and soothed…” Immediately this is a shock to the reader as these adjectives seem very ironic to what we’ve ever known Hilliard to be. It is evident the tranquillity and change within Hilliard- we can see how Barton has rubbed his optimistic attitude off on him.
Kurt Floto Mr. Darin Dillard English IV 26 May 2015 Community Service and Returning Veterans The veterans returning home are facing a different kind of war. This war is one that is fought deep inside the psyche of those individuals and it is known to us as post-traumatic stress disorder. Post- traumatic is defined as a mental health condition that's triggered by a terrifying event either experiencing it or witnessing it (Staff). While these veterans were in combat, many were wounded, both physically and mentally. For these returning veterans, many feel as if they are no longer needed or wanted by the country that they have sacrificed many things for.
Being away from home, family, and almost every luxury is both physically and emotionally taxing, having the courage to do this makes being away easier, being told by a piece of paper that you are leaving for a few months to a few years to a location you don’t know, is terrifying. The very lives of our soldiers could hang in the choice of having a draft, as suicides have always been present in all levels of military services. Being sent away involuntarily would easily send almost anyone into a depression, unsafe to themselves and possibly others. Under such stress a soldier can’t perform his best and would therefore only hinder the other’s. (Use outside source and cite it!)
According to the article "What Is Combat PTSD?”, Diagnosing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can be hard because soldiers view reporting their symptoms as a sign of weakness (What, 1). This makes it difficult to get an accurate idea of exactly how many men and women return from war with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Those who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder often relive the horrendous events they have experienced in combat. Behaviors of this disorder can take on many forms. Sufferers may have a hard time relaxing, experience anxiety, and they often battle depression.