Wounded Veterans Essay

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Wounded Veterans
English 101 Effective Essay Writing
October 7, 2012
Shawna Rand

Wounded Veterans
As of December 2009, over 3.3 million American troops have been sent overseas into Iraq and Afghanistan alone; 793,000 of them have been deployed more than once. (Tan, 2009) Sadly, not all of our troops return home alive and many that do face many challenges ahead. Physical wounds surly do not go unnoticed. They are fairly common in war time situations and are even shown in war movies. They show the viewer a sense of what a soldier goes through when injured and what to expect; but what about the mental wounds? The United States sends thousands of military men and women overseas into battle, returning them home with not only physical
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Once diagnosed, a veteran can receive the proper treatment he or she needs to the road of recovery. There are two methods that have been proven to work; counseling and medication. Counseling helps one understand their thoughts and feelings and finds a way to cope with them in a healthy manner. The medication treatment is called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI). They are to help a patient feel less worried or sad. ("Make the connection,") These treatments are like any other treatments, meaning they will not happen overnight. It will take time and patience to see changes in a patient’s symptoms and way of life; but done right a patient can succeed and overcome PTSD.
Another issue involving military veterans who went to war is TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury). A TBI, also known as a signature wound, is exactly what it means; a traumatic brain injury. ("Soldiers and tbi,") “A TBI is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain.” ("Traumatic brain injury,") So what exactly causes a TBI?
A TBI can be caused by a simple blow to the head, the head hitting a windshield in a car accident, or a blast from a bomb or other explosion. “TBI can cause changes in a person’s ability to think,
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