Blog Post 5: For the song of Country Joe and the Fish, Results of the war

For my fifth blog post about the song “I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixin-to-Die-Rag”. I decided to talk about the results of the Vietnam War. I am going to focus on the soldier’s life after the war. Although, many of the soldiers who participate in the Vietnam War never come back, some of them come back to their respective homes.

I read in some articles that the only people who were happy for their return were their own families and close friends. Many of the soldiers who come back from the war, never receive a “thank you” or a “welcome back” from the society. They were treated with hostility and without respect. In my opinion, the society did really bad, because many of the people need it to come back to their life, and reintegrate into the society. And if the society is not grateful with them and respect them, it is really hard for them to reintegrate physically and mentally into the society.

On the other hand, many of the soldiers who come back from a war: Vietnam War, Afghanistan, or Iraq war among others. Do not come back from the war alone, a lot of them bring something with them, and that is the mental illness of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). As I read 31% of the veterans who come back from Vietnam War suffer or had suffer from PTSD. Now a days 11% of the veterans from the Vietnam War still having PTSD, it is incredible how after 40 years the war still a life in some people. The symptoms PTSD may include: flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the traumatic event, in this case the Vietnam War.

This mental disorder do not just affect to the people who have it, also affect to their families and close friends: parents, wives, children, friend…The life of this people have changed because of the Vietnam War, this means that the war do not just affect the people who participate into the war. The war affect every single person in the United States.

The references I used are:

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/apr/13/vietnam-veterans-not-thanked-for-military-service

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/magazine/issues/winter09/articles/winter09pg10-14.html

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