Monday, October 19, 2015

Journal 8: PTSD and Society, and Holding On hobos: Sydney Alspach

In the film Marlboro Marine I really understood more PTSD after war in Iraq. James Blake Miller was the icon for this film because of all of his difficulties with PTSD. One thing that James said really make me think a little bit about the way society looks at people in the army when they come home. James said "Questions that needs to asked after Iraq should be 'How are you doing?' 'Are you okay, or need to talk?'" That really brought to my attention because I always see videos of welcoming home surprises or party's. I've always thought how sweet they were to watch that sometimes it would even bring a tear to my eyes. But I never thought what about after that? Do they go back to there normal lives? We never see video where people ask how they are doing coping with the war, we only see the big grand gesture as soon as they come home.

I think as a community we need to ask more questions and get more involved with out veterans. They surived our country to make sure we were free and could live life the way that we want to. We all need to take more action by helping them with whatever they need like PTSD. I really believe it is the least that we could do. Lets make our veteran get to feel just as free as we do living in this country.

Reading Holding On I thought it was very interesting learning about the hobo lifestyle. I thought it was a odd but nice that after they would use pots and pans to cook their food they would then clean them and leave them there for the next hobo's to use. I would think they would have just taken them ti keep so when they need to eat the next time they were able to use them.

If  I was out of work, had no car or phone I would walk all crossed the state that I lived in to find a job. I would try to the closes place to me to work because then as soon as I get payed I could try it would be easier for me to find a place to stay. In this day and age many people wouldn't want to take me in to help me or even think twice about if I was a good person looking to work. I would need to find a place I could make shelter and still be safe.


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  2. I really like the example you added about when the soldiers come home and the videos all look so happy but we really don't know what they are going through or thinking.

  3. I completely agree with his statement about when soldiers come home and how to approach them. I feel that the family back home is so excited to see the soldier coming home, but they don't think about how the war has changed them.

  4. I thought your choice of helping the veterans was a really good one. I think it is key to talk to veteran. This is because it will let them get help from another person instead of keeping it to their selves since that makes it worse.

  5. Lets make our veteran get to feel just as free as we do living in this country. I loved this quote you put into your journal. I absolutely agree with you that our soldiers need to feel supported and they deserve a lot more than a party. All they are asking for is for someone to talk to.

  6. I think the reason people have such big troubles dealing with PTSD is the general publics lack of understanding of how it feels to be in combat, with you and your friends lives on the line and taking others. It's a whole new world, a whole new way of thinking. Then they get back home and are expected to be incorporated back into society with no problems and act like nothing happened. Inside their heads though, the experiences continues to appear in their minds and then they just have troubles dealing with their experience and the experiences of being back in society.


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