Major Problems In The History Of The Vietnam War By Robert J. Mcmahon

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The Vietnam War
The Vietnam war was the first war that the United States of America lost. This war was one of the bloodiest that the United States had fought since the civil war. A total of around fifty-eight thousand Americans were killed, three hundred fifty thousand were wounded, and two thousand were captured as Prisoners of War. The Vietnam War was utterly devastating for our troops and potentially for our country. Robert J.McMahon states in his book, Major Problems in the History of the Vietnam War, that the U.S. can’t “remain great if it betrays its allies and lets down its friend” (449). Most think that the only aspect of the war that hurt America was the physical devastation. This war also took its toll on many of the surviving veteran’s minds. In day to day life for many American people, the Vietnam War is long over. However, the people that were in the war, it is long from being done and gone.There are a number of mental disorders that plague the veterans of the Vietnam War. PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), Shell Shock, and Depression, just to name a few ( “The Psychological Effects of the Vietnam War” Stanford.edu). To understand why these mental issues came about in the veterans, some background on the war is needed. It 's
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They go insane and commit atrocities, just like my grandfather did. They come home someone else. They come home dead. I believe that the biggest thing that we can learn from the war, though, is that as human beings, we all need to stick together and love one another. War is frivolous. We need not kill people. Killing people only does one thing, and that would be showing the opposing side how inhumane and barbaric you can become. Destroying natural habitats, killing hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians, and impacting the way the country lives, even up to date. This is what we did. This is what we must not do

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