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Vietnam War

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Vietnam Veterans
By: Jason Kocher, Alycia Rios, Jake Rush, Skylar Schanewolf, and Devyn Neff.
By: Jake Rush, Skylar Schanewolf, Alycia Rios, Jason Kocher, and Devyn Neff
Rotter, Andrew J. the causes of the Vietnam war. English Dept. Univ. of illinios.n.d Web. 23 Sept. 2013.
What was Agent Orange?
What lasting effects did it have on many of the veterans and their children?
Between 1962 and 1971, Air Force pilots flew twin-engine C-123 cargo planes in Operation Ranch Hand, a plan to air-drop chemicals to clear roads of jungle undergrowth and destroy farm crops that were believed to be used by enemy troops. The C-123 pilots sprayed about 19 million gallons of herbicide. About 11 million gallons of the chemicals used during Ranch Hand included
"Agent Orange"
which contained poisonous compounds called dioxins.
(Keeter 15)

When the american soldiers returned home they thought they would be greeted as heroes with parades to honor the returning veterans and recognize the sacrifices they had made. Instead they come back to find the U.S. torn apart by the debate over the Vietnam war. There were no victory parades or welcome-home rallies. Instead, most Vietnam veterans returned to a society that did not seem to care about them, or seemed to view them with distrust and anger. Alot of people regarded them as as ready and willing killers or ignorant dupes.
(Rotter)

Homecoming of the Veterans

When the Veterans came home they were treated horribly. When coming back from such a traumatic place you'd figure you would come home to excitement, a warm-welcoming, and love. For Vietnam veterans they were treated the total opposite of that. A lot were even ignored. Most who fought in the war ended up transitioning into civilian life just fine, others did not and instead of losing their lives in the war they ended up committing suicide. Nearly 700,000 that were drafted ended up with less than honorable discharge. Many of them left war with poor and with no education so it made that hard to get jobs. Television often portrayed vets as "crazy killers" in Vietnam and it even carried all the way back home even when the war was over.

Most were in even called baby killers
.

(Rotter)
In the years following the Vietnam War, many veterans began developing
skin and liver diseases and cancer,or had children suffering from birth defects.
In 1982 a group of veterans who believed their health had been damaged by
Agent Orange
sued the chemical companies that produced the spray. The case was settled with an agreement by the companies to establish a fund for
Agent Orange
victims.

(Isserman 83)
Reception Returning Home

What Is PTSD?
Medical Conditions
Hillstrom, Kevin and Laurie Collier. Vietnam War. Detroit: UXL, 2001. Print.
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, also commonly known as PTSD, is an anxiety disorder that some people get after witnessing or experiencing a violent, disturbing, or extremely frightening event. The event is typically one that involves real if threatened injury or death and causes feelings or extreme fear, helplessness, or horror.
(Barbour 9)
The Symptoms Of PTSD
are...
Isaacs, Arnold R. Vietnam Shadows: The War, Its Ghosts, And Its legacy. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997.
Some symptoms of PTSD would be having flashbacks. Flashback are the most common well-known symptoms of PTSD. Another symptom would be reexperiencing, in which the person effectively goes through the traumatic event all over again.
Some other symptoms might be images in the head, and thoughts intrude their mind. Some people can loose sleep over it, which can cause fatigue and difficulty functioning while awake. It's hard to concentrate when your awake because the memoriesnintrudenon your thoughts while your trying to think about something else. In some cases, some people might wake up in sweat, your head pounding, your mind full of rage and fear, or panic because intense nightmares about hings that happened in the war zone. People who have this disease are constantly on the lookout for reminders that might trigger such memories.
(Barbour 12&13)
Veterans have faced many medical issues due to the war. Many face PTSD (Post Dramatic Stress Disorder), infections and diseases, tropical diseases, agent orange, and Hepatitis C virus. Many soldiers were unable to get dry due to some of the terrible conditions they have to endure and that lead to fungal infections. Most injuries still affecting veterans today are PTSD, HCV, and Agent Orange. War affected the veterans in such a harsh way that many still deal with problems to this day.
(Vietnam)
Keeter, Hunter. American Air Force in the Vietnam War. Milwaukee: World Almanac.
"Vietnam War Health Risks" www.wehonorveterans.org. 2013. Web. 16 October 2013
Isserman, Maurice. The Vietnam War: America at War. New York: Facts onFile.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
(PTSD)
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