In this essay, I focused more on my personal connection towards this topic. I wanted to also show the difference of how people are affected when they are surrounded by violence everyday. Overall, I am proud of what I wrote and also, proud of the sources I've found.
In this world, there are so many people who are forced to be in the military or to serve their country. Some people want to help others. There are different reasons as to why they would want to serve and join the military. However, people don’t realize that when they come back from the war they are completely a different person. I don’t know anyone who has been in the war but I have one family member who has been seeing violence for the last past eighteen years. There are a lot of studies that shows how people are affected by violence and how they change after coming back from war or even after seeing violence.
Every year, more than 180,000 people join the military. There are a lot of people who are always placed in the war and there are also different jobs. Mr. Block had an afternoon where Mike Feker and John Grant came to the class and talk about their experience and struggles during and after the Vietnam war. Mike had a lot of more things to talk about in my opinion. After Mike talked, the class was asked if we had any questions. One of the questions that was brought up was “Did any of the soldiers ever thank you for saving their life?” and Mike responded that he never saw any of them after they put the injured soldier into the helicopter. Another student asked “Did you ever feel responsible for any of the soldiers that did not make it?” Mike said that he did feel responsible. The feeling not being to save someone’s life is traumatizing. This can trigger depression because Mike could have kept blaming himself for not being able to save the soldier’s life. Before, Mike said that his family was poor and he did not have enough money to go to college. His only choice was to join the military/army as one of the journalist. He did not get that job. Instead, he was one of the medics on the battlefield. Mike did not know what he was getting himself into when he thought he was going to be one of the journalist when it actually turned out that he was going to be one of the medics. Mike said that after the war when he came back home, he was diagnosed with anger management, he was short tempered and a few other things. Today, he still deal with these issues and he did not know what he was getting himself into.
One of my family members deals with violence everyday. My dad is a cop and he has been a cop for the last past eighteen years. In July 2014, my dad asked me if I wanted to go to the shooting range. I was a bit hesitated at first because guns are no jokes and it is something that is not a toy. I was uncomfortable and he told me that I can bring my friends with me. So, I brought my friends with me to the shooting range and the car ride there my friend asked my dad questions about how it was being a cop. I did not know that my dad struggled with these things. I was not aware. I never asked questions about his job because I always had an image in my head from tv shows seeing that it was easy. However, my dad told my friend that he has seen everything from babies being in a plastic bag to finding someone died in the basement to him getting punched in the nose. My dad and I are not as close as my mom and I. It was always awkward for me to say “hello” or “goodbye”. I always found it weird. However, the more I think about it it was because being a cop shaped him into being who he is now. Whenever we passed by a certain area in the car, my dad would always point out the places where someone died. It was like my dad was the personal news channel in my life. He remembers where people died, how they died and the feeling of that is not a good feeling at all. One time, my dad and I were in the car. He turned to me and he told me “I am always alone, I sleep alone, I feel alone, I eat alone.” Until this day, what he had said to me always stuck in the back of my mind.
This is a very interesting picture that I have found after I searched “war changing people” on Google Images. I clicked on the picture and the website popped up. It showed the results of soldiers before the war, during the war and after the war. You can tell that before the war that he looked like he was out of his shape and his eyes aren’t as bright as his middle picture (during war). In his middle picture during war, his eyes look a little bit brighter because he is aware of the things that he’s seen. Maybe it’s the lighting in the picture but it looks like the soldier is holding back so many things and trying not to break down in the middle picture. In the far right picture after the war, it looks like he has seen so many things and he experienced so many things that he is trying to not let it affect it. If you look at the website, you see the continuous results with other soldiers in other pictures.
No one will understand how it is being surrounded by violence unless you experience it too. Being surrounded by violence and war can change you or anyone you know into a completely different person. There are certain things that people are affected by everyday. Remembering how, why and who died in a certain location can come back to haunt you every time you pass by that area. Violence and war change someone into someone they do not want to be without them realizing.
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