PTSD In Veterans

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Over the past fifteen years Americas finest warriors have been sent all over the world battling the war on terror. According to the President, the wars and battles are now over. Due to the President’s lack of combat experience, he fails to realise that the battles still continue. These battles are not in Afghanistan, Iraq, or any other country, the battles are now here in the United States. Veterans with and without PTSD are and will continue to relive those battles in their minds for the rest of their lives. These Battles also have a possibility to spill out on to American street as more and more Veterans join extremist groups who regularly practice home grown terrorism. If Veterans are a threat to Homeland Security then, PTSD, post-war triggers, …show more content…
Post war experiences are when visions, thoughts, and emotion come flooding back to the Veteran well after being home. One of the most prominent post war experiences of PTSD is the Re-experiencing the traumatic event. One of these experiences is vivid nightmares. Everybody has had nightmares, but Veterans with PTSD have very vivid ones. So vivid in fact, that everything from the smell to the sound seems real. These nightmares happen during the day as well. Ehlers &Michael (2004) suggest that “re-experiencing symptoms are due to the way trauma memories are encoded, organised in memory and retrieved” …show more content…
Extremism and Radicalization Branch, Homeland Environment Threat Analysis Division (2009) “assesses that rightwing extremists will attempt to recruit and radicalize returning veterans in order to exploit their skills and knowledge derived from military training and combat” (p. 8). The training that the military receives is the best in the world. There are men who have been through millions and millions of dollars of training. All of that training boils down to one thing; War. Once the wars are over, these men have no civilian skills and quite often can’t get a job. This leads to those men selling their expertise of war to the highest bidder. This author for example is a 14 year Marine Veteran who has been through every Shooting School in the Marines and a lot of overseas schools, not to mention 3 combat tours and countless hours of training men for war. After the military was over, there was nothing out there so, those talent are now being used by a private military company. If men like this or even men who were more trained would “snap” there would not be a police force in this nation to stop them. This is see all through history, take Lee Harvey Oswald for example. Mr. Oswald was a Marine Scout Sniper trained in the art of shooting. He was a lone wolf yes, but if there were a hundred of them who would stop

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