The Peace Vanquished by War

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Michael Washington

The ironic thing about war is the fact that sometimes it is necessary to preserve peace. It is the epitome of destruction, despair, and chaos. One of the worse parts of this is the fact that soldiers sent to fight these wars are often clueless about what they are fighting for. Even more pitiful, they either die in battle or come home as an entirely different person. 

PTSD, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, is a mental health condition that’s fairly common for war veterans. It is often triggered by a tragic, terrifying, or life-threatening event that a victim experienced or witnessed. Its symptoms include nightmares, severe anxiety, flashbacks, panic attacks, and uncontrollable thoughts about the event. Many veterans suffer from this condition, and sadly, some don’t ever recover from it. PTSD ruins the peace within the soldier. The vanquished peace can spread like wildfire. PTSD can also cause moodiness and a change in the victim’s temperament. In effect, it can also have a direct consequence on a victim’s relationship with others, especially with the immediate family. Like Arthur Gibson, he once had a promising future, but then the adverse effects of war ruined it and ruined him. 

Unfortunately, this is a topic often swept under the rug. We don’t care enough for the well-being of returning vets. Some may not experience the devastations of war firsthand, but everyone should feel blessed that the country has an ample number of brave veterans who fought and gave up their lives for this country. They should always be honored and remembered. More so, they should be given the support and aid they need to make it easier for them to assimilate into society once they go back to being civilians. They fought valiantly for the country, and the least people can do for them is to help them in their war against the monster that vanquished their peace.