While everyone else is running away from the terror, the U.S. forces are running to it. They are under the belief that they can handle anything that life throws at them. To say your sick is a sign of weakness. So there isn't a strong proactive effort to identify these individuals early. The system is set up in a way that requires the soldiers to seek out help, by that time they’re already in crisis. They've already spent years self medicating with drugs and alcohol, which likely leads to tragic issues such as; suicide, homelessness, incarceration, financial problems, and loss of their
I was aware that there is not currently an antidote for mustard gas which is why the military harps so hard on donning and decontamination techniques. It seems like one of the more harsh types of weapons in the sense that it doesn’t kill quickly but rather maims its victims. It is nice to know that it is extremely difficult
Having a platoon of a couple hundred men to move through unknown territory is no easy task. Allen wrote, “One of the greatest trials was having to march gassed men when there was nothing else to be done, although sometimes it was fatal. We stirred up a lot of mustard gas getting out, and had the usual trouble of alarms and men getting lost when they put their masks on.” (pg. 57) Being gassed brought to many men the sensation of death, and for some the gas would be their cause of death. To avoid being threatened by the gas it was important for the platoon to keep moving, sitting around tended to make things distressing. Allen wrote, “Halts were the worst. After each one it was harder than ever to get the men on their feet. Some began to gag. Slightly gassed men showed symptoms of giving out, the young boys almost toppled over backward by their packs when they got up.” (pg. 105) The mustard gas was so harsh on the soldiers that it deprived them of their energy. In order to restore that energy the men needed to eat. Eating would eventually become a hardship the closer they got to the front lines, leaving the men to learn how to battle through the pains of hunger.
On April 1915, The first poison gas attack began when the German forces shocked the Allied forces along the Western Front by firing more than 150 tonnes of lethal chlorine gas against two French colonial divisions at Ypres, Belgium (History.com Staff, 2010). Poison gas was the most feared of all weapons in World War One. Poison gas was used in the trenches even when there was no attack going on. If a Soldiers got trapped with poison gas, it would mean that soldiers have to put a crude gas mask (Figure 1) on because it helped protect the soldiers from inhaling airborne pollutants and toxic gases. Poison gas can leave the victim in agony for days and weeks before they succumbed to their injuries.
Veterans with neurological problems experienced blurry vision, memory loss, and acts of anger. (Fred) Some of the patients even had suicidal thoughts. Agent Orange has also been linked to cases of cancer, including cancer of the blood, bone marrow, and lymph nodes. (Veterans and Cancer 1) The veterans may experience such issues immediately after being exposed to the toxin, or some time afterwards. Another factor is the directness of exposure. Those exposed to Agent Orange directly suffered greater skin irritation than those exposed to the herbicide indirectly. In some cases, lesions and tumors developed on the face, neck, arms, and back due to direct exposure to the chemical. The United States should have looked into these health complications before using the toxin.
The effects of war are often very lessen, some factions wanting to downplay those effects in order to support your efforts and others wanting to inflate them in order to support peace. There is a disagreement in terms of persistent post concussive symptoms that are reported by Iraq combat veteran who have had repeated episodes of mild traumatic brain injury from being in close proximity to explosive blasts. This represents functional and structural brain damage and may also present with epiphenomenon of comorbid posttraumatic stress disorder
Nerve agents are the deadliest chemical warfare agent that needs immediate medical attention. All patients who experience more than miosis should be triage “immediately” category and decontamination “immediately.” The application of antidotes, airway control and other supportive measures” should be applied. If the patient has more than two systems such as “miosis and wheezing, the patient should receive treatment immediately. Quick response result into a successful resuscitation for these individuals (Keyes,
Then, "An ecstasy of fumbling / Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time / But someone still was yelling out and stumbling [. . .]. " Everyone has managed to put on his mask, except one unfortunate soldier. As the mustard gas seeps into his lungs, he begins to scream and jerk around, but it is too late for his companions to save him. "[W]atch the white eyes writing in his face / His hanging face / [. . .] at every jolt, the blood / Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs [. . .] / Of vile, incurable sores on the innocent tongue [. . .]. " Nowhere in the entire poem is there any mention of how wonderful and brave the soldiers feel at being given the chance to die for their country.
Homemade explosives are the arsenals of choice by the terrorists not just around the world but also in their own backyards as seen in the recent war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Thanks to the hard work of our Department of Defense, many of our soldiers are surviving these blasts due to improvements made to their uniforms and armor. Even though, we have been able to quickly identify and treat their visible injuries; we tend to overlook the more traumatic brain injuries and disorder these soldiers face when they return home to their families. However, the U.S. department of Defense and Veterans Health Administration have raised the awareness of promptly identifying the disabling symptoms of these injuries that may negatively affect the quality of life of our brothers and sisters that sacrifice their lives for our freedom. PTSD is a complicated disorder that affects veterans in general. The department of Veterans Affairs is devoted to provide the best care for our veterans that are diagnosed with this terrible disorder.
exposed to Agent Orange suffered severe ailments to the body. Houk claims that he stopped the study on purely scientific grounds. Nevertheless troops are still suffering from the effects of agent orange including high rates of cancers, abnormalities during
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is estimated to affect 1.6-3.8 million annually in the United States (Langlois, Rutland-Brown, & Wald, 2006). The incidence of traumatic brain injury in military personnel has increased since the military operation began in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2001, and while the exact number of cases is unknown, it has been estimated to be as high as 18% (Hoge, McGurk, Thomas, Cox, Engle, & Castro, 2008). There has been a growing concern for for the ramifications of traumatic brain injury, especially as a result of improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) is the most common type of TBI in civilians and Iraq/Afghanistan veterans and soldiers (Carlson, Kehle, Meis, Greer, MacDonald, Rutks, Sayer, Dobscha, & Wilt, 2011). Operationally defined, mTBI in military settings is an injury to the brain as a result of an external force like a blast, fall, impact, or vehicle accident which changes the mental state with a presentation of symptoms such as headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness/balance problems, fatigue, insomnia/sleep disturbances, drowsiness, sensitivity to light/ noise, blurred vision, difficulty remembering, and/or
No one knows at this point. The soldier, an army staff sergeant, seems to have acted alone, and he turned himself into authorities after the shooting rampage. What we do know is that he had been deployed to iraq in 2010. Despite being diagnosed with traumatic brain injury, he was found fit for duty” It has been determined that traumatic brain injury has been one of the main psychological effects of the war, as well as posttraumatic stress disorder. Traumatic brain injury is classified into two categories mild and severe. Common effects from traumatic brain injuries are cognitive problems such as headache, difficulty thinking, memory problems, attention deficits, mood swings, and frustration. Many of these injuries are commonly overlooked. The effects of traumatic brain injury mild or severe may have devastating effects on the family and the injured person. Posttraumatic stress disorder or commonly know as PTSD, is a feeling when one has experienced or witnessed live threatening events. Symptoms of PTSD include flashbacks and nightmares, emotional numbness and avoidance, difficulty sleeping and concentrating, feeling jumpy, and being easily triggered. Traumatic brain injury and posttraumatic stress disorder have alike symptoms often medical professionals misdiagnose or fail to diagnose the individual in a timely manner. “Often a true war story there is not even a
The purpose of this essay is to deal with the fact that chemical warfare should be brought back to modern warfare strategies. As Warren Rudman said, “And they will tell you unequivocally that if we have a chemical or biological attack or a nuclear attack anywhere in this country, they are unprepared to deal with it today, and that is of high urgency.” Rudman’s words are true in what they say and that we should do everything to counter-act his statement. Biological weapons are a key to outstanding success in war and therefore, I strongly suggest that chemical warfare is an effective and producible weapon tactic that can be used on today’s battlefield.
Many times, the decisions we make affect and hurt the closest friends and family we love the most. (Lex Luger, n.p.). When this occurs, we as humans are left with two vital paths to choose from; strive to make a better version of yourself, or keep hurting those beloved ones, and eventually, watch them leave. For those who become better, will receive great power, and therefore, great responsibility. Although on the other hand, those who continue to hurt those dearest to them, will be left with nothing but themselves. In other words,until you see what really is needed in both one's self and one's surroundings, only then will you thrive.
Sargon of Akkad reigned ancient Mesopotamia from about 2334 to 2279 BCE. He conquered all of southern Mesopotamia and parts of Anatolia, Syria and Elam. He was commonly known as Sargon the Great. Sargon’s father was unknown and there is no record of him. His mother was a priestess for the goddess Innana. Since his mother was a priestess, she could not reveal the fact that she was pregnant or keep the child, so she sent Sargon down the Euphrates River in a basket. A man named Akki later found him floating in the river and adopted him. Akki was a gardener for the Sumerian king of Kish, Ur-Zababa.