The Effects Of Sending Our Soldiers On War With Little Preparedness

1382 Words Oct 11th, 2016 6 Pages
The purpose of this essay, is to analyse and discuss the ramifications of sending our troops to war with little preparedness to deal with the traumatic, and sometimes devastating effects, of seeing conflict and desolation first hand. It will examine past wars and its effects on Veterans’ and what influences that has on the present, and future soldiers returning from war. This is also a starting point as to; how the Australian government, is unprepared to deal with the increasing percentage of soldiers returning from war with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and those developing it later on. This essay will also conclude how; the governments lack of support makes the process of seeking help, difficult for Veterans’ suffering from PTSD due to the stigma associated with it; and the follow on effect this has on the soldiers, their families, friends, partners and children.
From before the first World War, through the Vietnam War, to Afghanistan and Iraq Wars and the present wars in Syria, there have been soldiers, suffering from different types of combat-related stress disorders including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Andreasen (2010), identified that combat stress related disorders stemmed from soldiers being heavily exposed to constant warfare. Furthermore, over the decades each different stress disorder was represented, at the time by the symptoms that were presenting in veterans’ and soldiers. Prior, to the American Psychological Association (APA)…

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