Not all battle wounds are physical

by robwallace11 on October 31, 2016 - 9:11pm

The wounds of the battlefield can truly follow you home.  Although the period of testing is nowhere near as long as the Vietnam War the veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan have had many difficulties with PTSD.  The findings in the Clinical Psychological Review by Schnurr and Lonne conclude that are likely to experience poorer functioning and lower objective living conditions and satisfaction and have a lesser quality life.

           

            This in depth research makes many key arguments even thought the time for veterans post-war are not long.  First off deployments are much more frequent and longer then they were in the Vietnam War lasting an average of 12-15 months during times of conflict.  Another great point made by the journal is the new and developing medical advances being made.  This causes a domino effect of more survivors of battle wounds, especially those injured in a traumatic brain injury.(Schnurr and Lonne 2009).   Understanding who is fighting is also essential to this article.  More women are being put in combat situations as well as men who signed up for the reserves and National Guard.  Their experiments can sometimes be different than those from active duty because they were not expecting to be in some of the positions their put in.  After understanding the reasons why the wars of Iraq and Afghanistan the research goes in depth to look at the impact of this PTSD has on the individuals quality of life.  Veterans of all wars have had higher unemployment, homelessness, divorce, and mental instability rates.  Research found that veterans of these partial wars deal with emotional numbing leads to withdrawal and difficulties expressing emotion (Riggs et al., 1998 and Samper et al., 2004).  The journal makes apparent the biggest issue is work impairment.  This problem of getting acclimated back into the regular world affects every part of their life and doesn’t allow them to fully adjust back.

 

            This article is extremely in knowledgeable and well done.  It makes great connections to veterans from other wars but really focuses their attention nicely on veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan.  It gives overwhelming evidence and data to support its theory and by my account is correct.  Solutions clearly need to be made to this issue.  This elephant in the room is swept under the rug constantly when there are unreal amounts of data.  Programs need to be enhanced, people need to care and this needs to be stopped.  

 

Citation: 

Schnurr, P., & Lonne, C. (2009) Posttraumatic stress disorder and quality of life: Extension of findings to veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Clinical Psychology Review. Volume 29(Issue 8), Pages 727–735 Retrieved October 29, 2016, from http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0272735809001123

 

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