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America´S Strenght And Weaknesses Highlighted During The Vietnam War

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The Vietnam War was a significant event in United States history. The Vietman experience has highlighted some of Americans’ strengths and weaknesses. The United States became involved in the Vietnam War in an effort to stop the spread of communism. (Welsh, Douglas. The Vietnam War. Greenwich Ct.: Bison, 1984. Print.) However, America was also trying to take a stand for the people of other countries. Like veterans of the Vietnam conflict, Iraq War Veterans have been the subject of various opinionated statements in recent years. Unfortunately, many people don’t truly appreciate what our veterans have done for our country. Many have sacrificed their lives to keep us safe. In this paper, I ...view middle of the document...

It remains to be seen what the longer-term psychological impact of serving in Iraq or Afghanistan will be, and what social and healthcare services might be required for this small but important group of veterans who are at highest risk of mental health problems.
Although it is common today for our soldiers to come back home with problems, Americans need to put their input in helping these veterans. (Drury, Ian. “One in Five Veterans Who Served in Iraq and Afghanistan Have Turned to Drink to block out the Horrors of War.” Mail Online. Associated Newspapers, 26 Feb. 2014. Web. 20 Mar. 2014). It should go without saying, our war veterans should be treated well when they return home from war. They have sacrificed themselves for our safety. Often they return home with serious medical disabilities or injuries, but are not cared for as they should be.
“These young Marines-19 years old- went in every building and every room of Fallujah,” says Lowry, author of the book “New Dawn: The Battle for Fallujah. “They entered darkened rooms, kicking down doors, never knowing if they would find an Iraqi family hunkered down in fear or an Islamist terrorist waiting to shoot them and kill them. And they did that over and over and over again.” On January 8, 2014, after living through a house-to-house battle in Fallujah, our soldiers, and the entire world were forced to witness the public display of burned American bodies hanging from a bridge. Our veterans have endured many things no person should ever have to endure. Veterans deserve the respect they have earned for protecting our country and our way of life. (“Iraq War Veterans Feel Sting of Reversals in Hard-won Fallujah.” Fox News. FOX News Network, 08 Jan. 2014. Web. 22 Mar. 2014.)
Incredibly, Iraq and other war veterans often don’t get treated like they’ve done anything remotely heroic for our country. Veteran Trey Coleman explains an incident he experienced in Lubbock Texas. Trey was late for work one day when he found himself sitting in rush hour traffic in Dallas, Texas. He changed lanes, cutting off another driver. The other driver responded aggressively and Coleman panicked, thinking the other driver was going to shoot him. Coleman responded the way he was taught in the military; by pointing a gun at what he perceived as a threat. Trey ended up in a Lubbock County courtroom explaining to court officials and law enforcement about how much the intervention...

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