Recognition Of Veterans Essay

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From when the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army were established in the United States in 1775 to the Gulf War Era (1991) there have been 41,892,128 men and women who served this nation "(General Statistics on Veterans)." United States Census Bureau. United States Department of Commerce. Web. 29 Sept. 2015. As of 2013, 22,299,350 veterans are alive, and of those 721,575 live in the state of Illinois "Veteran Population 2014." United States Department of Veterans Affairs. United States Department of Veterans Affairs, 30 Sept. 2014. Web. 29 Sept. 2015. The question that came to my mind was: “What are the general hardships that veterans are facing, and how has our country dealt with these problems?” There are many aspects to consider when asking a question of this magnitude, and throughout this paper, we will see details that paint a bigger picture of not only veterans, but of the people that they come home to. So, let’s get started. The origins of our recognition of U.S. veterans. We can trace back the long line of our organized military force back to the original colonies. In 1636, the Pilgrims of the Plymouth Colony passed a law that …show more content…
Well, PTSD was not formally recognized until the year 1980. That was the year that the American Psychiatric Association added the PTSD to the third edition of their Diagnostic and Statistical manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-III) . However, by 1988 15.2% of male and 8.1% of female Vietnam Theatre veterans were diagnosed with PTSD Veterans Association. United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Web. 29 Sept. 2015. Add to that, more recent studies by the VA have suggested that an estimated 19% of Vietnam Veterans have had PTSD symptoms throughout their past "PTSD and the Military." Veterans Association. United States Department of Commerce. Web. 29 Sept.

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