Veterans With Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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To the millions of veterans that have served this country by leaving behind their world as they once knew it, thank you. Entering the world of a soldier comes with a culture of warriors who are taught and trained to be ready to kill, but also ready to save, heal, and comfort (Hansen). Sergeant Hansen served in the United States Marine Corps for nine years and was deployed three times, once to Iraq and twice to Afghanistan. He was honorably discharged in April of 2014, however like many other veterans, his military experience has impacted his new civilian life due to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. It is paramount that a proper system concerning military veterans of the United States is established for the process of re-acclimating soldiers back to a civilian lifestyle. Within the current system and process that is being used, veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder are discharged without the support and guidance they need to efficiently return to the civilian world. Since 2001, 2.7 million troops have been deployed to the war zone in Iraq and Afghanistan (“US Veterans and Military”). Iraq veterans are known as OIF, Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans, while Afghanistan Veterans are known as OEF, Operation Enduring Freedom veterans. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are the longest combat operations since Vietnam (“Mental Health Effects”). Many veterans who have served in either Iraq or Afghanistan suffer from mental health problems. Out of 103,788 veterans
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