The Vietnam War And The Symptoms Of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

877 Words Aug 3rd, 2016 4 Pages
After Henry returned from Vietnam, he was a completely different person. In order to truly understand the problems Henry portrayed, one must first understand the Vietnam war and the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The Vietnam war was one of the most brutal wars that the United States has ever participated in. Over three million people died over the span of the war and many more sustained life threatening injuries. After the war started, the Northern Vietnam army, the Viet Cong, adopted a strategy called guerrilla warfare. This strategy involved a variety of small hit and run attacks, ambushes and traps. This made it extremely hard for the American army to make any progress without taking significant casualties. Due to this, the United States began an extensive bombing project, using napalm and all sorts of herbicides to even out the playing field. “From 1962 to 1971, US military forces sprayed more than 19 million gallons of herbicides over Vietnam to strip the thick jungle canopy that helped conceal opposition forces, to destroy crops that enemy forces might depend on, and to clear tall grass and bushes from around the perimeters of US base camps and outlying fire-support bases” (Institute of Medicine 1). These chemicals were sprayed by air, vehicle and by unprotected infantry. However, despite the efficiency of this method, it also had severe consequences for the people exposed to the chemicals. Eventually, it was brought to light that one of the main…

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