"The armed forces are for you". "Join the armed forces". "Fight for your country". These are the slogans that today's youth hear and see all over the media. They hear nothing but the positive aspects of the armed forces. They never stop to think what kind of life that soldier lives when he/she returns home after their time served.
American soldiers or soldiers in general are considered to be heroes. They put their lives on the line to help protect their country. However what few people seem to realize is that a soldier's battle is not only out there on the battle field. It is in their everyday lives during and after their time served. It is very common for soldiers to suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD for short. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD is a mental condition that results in a feeling of sadness and remorse, the sense of irreplaceable loss, and a sensation of fright and horror due to a traumatizing experience (Young, 3). This disorder is very popular among soldiers after war. Cases of PTSD were found in the majority of soldiers that served in World War I and in World War II. However the most recognized cases were founded after The Vietnam War (Young, 3). Soldiers had a feeling of shame and memories of battles and visuals of the traumatic experience would flash in and out their heads at any given moment in time. They wouldn't sleep because the visuals would awake them. These are the untold stories of a soldiers life.
Though the media tells us to join the armed forces and to fight for our country one should ask why it refuses to give the other side of the story. Why doesn't the media tell us about post war? Why does it keep the other side of the story away from those they are recruiting? The answer is an obvious one. They do not want to scare away the people from joining the armed forces. If the were to tell the people the truth then who would really go and join the armed forces. Who would want to risk the chance of living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?
Even soldiers of war has spoken out about their symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and how the media id the truth from them about the effects of war. They describe how if they knew what they know about a soldier's life that they would've thought twice about joining the armed forces. They also described how hard it is to live with PTSD after a war. The everyday things that use to be so simple are now difficult. How memories can pop into their heads at any given minute and bring them back to that time. That time that many soldiers try their hardest to forget. Statistics show that out of a hundred soldiers, forty of them suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (Legarreta, 1).
What is interesting about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder among soldiers is that many of the soldiers tend to not let people know they suffer from it. This is bad because then they can not get treatment to help take care of the disorder....