Post Traumatic Stress Disorder among War Vets

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PTSD among War Veterans

Garrett Voss

Delaware Technical & Community College


As the United States continues to fight the war on terrorism in Iraq, veterans are returning home a different person then they once were. Witnessing traumatic events such as deaths, injuries, and battles has caused many soldiers to develop a condition called post traumatic stress disorder. Sufferers of PTSD fear haunting memories from the past to the point where it can affect their everyday life. With drastic numbers of diagnoses among veterans, a number of treatments have become available. Also, measures are being taken to strengthen soldiers mentally before they are deployed, so that they are less likely to develop a stress disorder.

PTSD among War Veterans

On the twentieth day of March, 2003, the United States invaded the Middle Eastern country of Iraq.

Saddam Hussein, the Iraq president, posted a threat to the U.S. due to his alleged production of weapons of mass destruction and connections with a known terrorist group, al Qaeda. Yet, President George W. Bush has been accused wanting to finish what his father started in 1991, and take over Baghdad for Hussein's unconvicted attempt to assassinate his father. Also, with an industry in despair, the question of oil resources arose (Lobe, 2008). Seven years later, the war continues with 98,000 troops remaining in Iraq as of February 28, 2010. More than four-thousand of those troops sadly gave their lives for the freedom of America and roughly 31,762 have been wounded (White, 2010, pg. 2). After returning home from deployment, soldiers are ecstatic to return to their original lives, however, for many veterans, a new battle begins. When a study was conducted on the first 100,000 Iraq veterans, a...