physical and mental effects on soldiers post-war Essay

1409 Words Oct 24th, 2014 6 Pages
Aldana Lopez
Professor Birden
16 October 2014
Returning From War After-Effects
Is joining the forces of the United States worth it if a person cannot even live a normal life? Seth Rodriguez was in the army and fought for our country a few years back. To this day, he is having problems with aggression for petty situations with his own family. He loses his temper easily, yells, and loses control over his words not realizing how hurtful they are to his family and friends. He can’t be suddenly approached from behind without knowing who the person is; having been in war for a long period of time makes him jump and get uptight. We cheer for the soldiers of today who defend our country in war, without realizing the effects that
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Those soldiers who return from war injured need months even years to recuperate with the help of physical therapy. An article written on The Wall Street Journal by veteran Chris Marvin who was injured in Afghanistan while serving for the U.S. Army wrote, “I was trapped inside the wreckage of a Black Hawk helicopter in a hostile area near the border with Pakistan. Bones were shattered in my legs, arm and face, and I was unable to extract myself from the aircraft.” He became disabled and didn’t let that ruin his life. His injury was his motivation to move forward in life and proceed with doing something great. Marvin started an organization called “Got Your 6” so that veterans are perceived as leaders and assets in our community. Soldiers face everyday situations that can scar, even disable them for a lifetime. However, there are those that make their disability a motivation.
In addition to injuries caused in combat, diseases are also a postwar physical effect on soldiers. Some of the most common diseases reported from Civil War veterans were: cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, and nervous diseases. We are informed that, “…while being wounded increased the incidence of developing signs of nervous disease by 64%, wounded soldiers were significantly less likely to develop signs of GI or cardiac disease alone.” They concluded that the damaging health effects seen in the Civil War are applicable to the health and well-being of soldiers fighting wars in the 21st century
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