Physiological Effects Of The Vietnam War

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The Vietnam War, spanning three decades, has continued to impact American lives. Many Vietnam veterans have suffered cancers, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and even birth defects in their offspring as a result of their experience in Southeast Asia. In war, gruesome battle tactics played a key role. This was known as guerrilla warfare. This type of warfare was a tactic used by the Vietcong against the United States in order to receive information about the United States plotting schemes, disregard of their opponents, and simply to maintain a strong fighting ability. The Ho Chi Mi trails and the Cu Chi tunnels were two major systems that ran underground that were used by the Vietcong as a hideout and supplied their goods. These systems …show more content…
First, PTSD left the veterans feeling like no one cared about what they had done for their country. "It begins with an event in which the individual is threatened with his or her own death or the destruction of a body part, to such humiliation that their personal identity may be lost" ("The Physiological effects of the Vietnam War"). Next, when the men were in battle, they drank and abused drugs. The drug that they used most often was marijuana. This drug became illegal later because the United States found it becoming a problem leading the men to now use heroin. Eventually they started to like heroin more because "it sped up the perception of time, where as marijuana slowed it down" ("The Physiological effects of the Vietnam War"). Also, a lot of the soldiers drank. It was easy for them to get it when they were on leave; however, when they came home it was difficult to get it due to it being rationed and some men were too young to buy it. Last, when the men returned to their hometowns after completing their tour of duty, PTSD caused outbursts that can not be controlled. For instance, if something gave the men the feeling of a bomb going off or loud shots they would have a panic attack because the flashback was so terrifying. "Society" did not help contribute to this either. Accepting the men did any good for their country was a difficult task for everyone to grasp. The people around them looked at the men as if they did nothing to improve their life for their sake, not just the men 's fighting in war. Just because they men did drugs and drank society looked at the men as if they were horrific examples of a role model simply because they felt it was wrong. They drank and did drugs to subside all the torment and distress they had been through throughout their duty. In conclusion, Agent Orange caused many health problems with the veterans in contact with it

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