"The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien: Veterans, Post Traumatic Stress, War.

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When people go to fight in the war, it will obviously change their lives. Any goals or dreams that a person might have would begin to take effect after high school, which is usually the age people go to war. It is hard for veterans coming back from a war to start a new life, or continue what they had started before the war. They usually end up being isolated and not really doing anything. Also, many veterans suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder for the rest of their lives. However, this is not true with every veteran. Many end up with a better life after fighting in a war by using the skills they developed in the military and by using the financial and educational benefits that the government has for veterans. Yet, these material benefits for veterans do not relieve the stress and trauma that comes from the war.

Anyone would still be better off not going to war.

Having to go to war can ruin a person's dreams in life. Many people have goals for life that are disturbed by having to go to war. Tim O'Brien is an example of someone who had plans that were ruined by the war. In the novel, The Things They Carried O'Brien said, "I was too good for this war. Too smart, too compassionate, too everything. It couldn't happen. I was above it. I had the world dicked - Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude and president of the student body and a full-ride scholarship for grad studies at Harvard" (O'Brien 45). Tim O'Brien could have ended up with a peaceful, happy life if he had not been drafted into the war at such a young age. Instead, he ended up writing war stories the rest of his life, unable...