Terrorist Attack on American Soil

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September 11, 2001 was by far the worst terrorist attack on American soil. Many viewers witnessed the catastrophic events live on national television. As the smoke and dust settled in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania, Americans were left to ponder what the attacks meant for the nation. Following the September 11 attacks, President George W. Bush addressed Congress and the nation on October 7, 2001, announcing, "On my orders, the United States military has begun strikes against al Qaeda terrorist training camps and military installations of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan" (The White House, 2001). It was at that moment that the military of the United States of America was ready to extend their capabilities to prevent and conquer…show more content…
The reasons behind the amplified risks may involve the fact that soldiers returning from the combat zone may drink to drown out their sorrows, soothe the transition back on home soil after deployment and binge drink to cope with their everyday life struggles. While drinking may initially mask the distress of combat, in the end it may counteract with other serious problems. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Ultimately, by psychologically reacting to stress, stress can trigger changes in behavior that can result in physiological and physical effects. According to McDevitt-Murphy, Williams, Bracken, Fields, Monahan, & Murphy (2010), veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom are at extremely high risk for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This may be due to the required longer deployments and quicker redeployment times along with the detrimental impact of combat. The men and women of the U.S. Army are held in high regard as they fight for the very freedom that we should be so honored to have within the United States. However, when their tour of duty is over, they must come home and adjust to civilian life. For some, the impact of deployment can have serious repercussions on their psychological health. Combat duty is associated with traumatic events and exposure to war atrocities that may result in persistent psychosocial issues during or subsequent to
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