Another Extra Credit Blog- presentations

I went to the three presentations. The three presentors was Alex Augustine, Andrew Whitfield, and Ellen Swetherst. All three people did a very good job on their assignment. If i had to pick who did the best i Think it was clear in Ellen Swetherst. The way she presented and it was put together was just very (professional). Alex augustine did his on Japanese-Americans in the U.S. He talked about pearl harbor, he told of stories of Japs, and also how they effected the U.S. Questions i had was why did the japs show loyalty? Next, Andrew WhitField did his on the Kent State University shooting. There was 2,000 protestors and 77 troops from the Ohio National guard. 4 ended up being killed and 9 were injured. The city had a large population which gave it more importance. The last person was Ellen Swetherst. She did hers on violent women in films. Gave movie examples from Kill Bill and The Hunger Games. It is less intriguing because we dont usually think of women as violent people. There is a higer demand for it now these days.

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Reflect on Domain of One’s Own

Domain of One’s Own is a very useful technology and i think it will be huge factor in classrooms country wide soon. It was a little difficult at first setting it up and mapping it onto another site. After getting through that small difficulty, I found it very useful for our class to engage out site of the classroom. We were able to have our own website that was also able to connect with all of our peers. There was also technical support right there to help if anything were to go wrong, such as loosing your password. Overall i truly believe this will be a successful technology and I hope to use it again one day in another class.

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Extra credit Blog-Domain one of ones own

Reflecting back at the Domain of ones own, I found it to make me a better writer, and helped me get a better understanding of the reading I was doing because I was then having to write about it. Deffinently helped it inprint the material in my mind. Also, Like myself im sure for other this was the first time having our own website. Learning to be more computer savy was a plus. Another thing I liked about it was it helped me when I had to blog for other classes, because I already knew how to do so. At the start of the year I thought it was going to be a big burden and very tough. Though it took time I liked the overall process. Commenting is probably the hardest due to having to get them approved and such but everything is self explanitory and very easy to use.

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Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act and Washington Post Articles

The post 9/11 Veterans educational assistance act of 2008 included the expansion of educational benefits to veterans who have served since September 11, 2001. The act includes full funding for a public four year undergraduate education to veterans who have served a minimum of 3 years on active duty and it allows a veteran the ability to transfer their benefits to their children or spouse after agreeing to serve 10 years or serving 10 years. This is very beneficial because some veterans have already gone to college, which means that if their G.I. Bill was nontransferable, they would lose all the money that could have been useful. This way, the veterans know that they are able to pay for some of the college bills for their children.

The Washington Post articles talk about the medical centers for the soldiers of the Iraqi and Afghanistan wars and what life was like in those centers. According the articles, everything in the medical centers were dirty and they did not receive quality medical attention.

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9/11 and Washington Post Readings

A big help to American veterans is the benefit of having the Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. This was a huge step in assisting veterans because it allows a person who has served three years after 9/11 to go to four years of undergraduate school for free. But what the veteran I interviewed, Jim Hawkins, thought was the best part of this act, was the fact that a soldier’s family can go to school for free after he or she has served ten years. I read about how terrible the conditions were for our veterans in the Walter Reed Hospital as well, despite one in four soldiers from the Iraq or Afghanistan wars being treated at this hospital. The NPR story showed Steve Kraft coming home and moving to a somewhat isolated area, to help transition. The story also talked of his fellow veterans doing better and finding jobs while others like himself, were not as well off.

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Wartorn

I thought this was a good way of showing people about what most soldiers had to deal with on the switch from war to civilian life. We have seen a lot of this in previous readings and videos like how soldiers had PTSD when they came back or were violent because it is what they had done every day for so long. Some veterans were suicidal and just could not adjust back, some actually felt like they had no way out and killed themselves. When the grandfather couldn’t tell his grandson about how things would never be the same, I saw how much that could hurt a family. He didn’t want to break the news that even after being back he would not be okay but even still the grandfather knew it would end up this way for his grandson. Overalll it covered many of the things we have been over in class but with a more personal, more connecting way of telling these soldiers’ stories.

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Wartorn

Wartorn was an amazing HBO documentary of soldiers suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, and their troubles returning back into civilian life. The movie discussed many symptoms that we had learned in class, such as soldiers returning home with survivors’ guilt, and mass paranoia. Civil war veteran Angelo Crapsey was an 18 year old soldier. Like many soldiers during his age, he held honor and his country as his drive to move on. However, two years after seeing countless deaths in the war he was discharged and killed himself not much later. Another segment showed a mother coping with the suicide of her son, who believed he was a bad person because he was a murderer. The mother talks about how the military trains you to become a killing machine, but they don’t untrain you for when you return to civilian life.

One of the most upsetting scenes throughout the movie was when the group of WWII veterans who were finally diagnosed with PTSD (which was called combat fatigue at the time) all came out and told their war experiences. They told how they knew they weren’t right in the head, and lived lives with bad marriages or becoming an abusive father. They explained how the war just doesn’t leave you.

Another tells the story of an Iraq war veteran from a family of soldiers who killed himself. He was under the impression that he was suffering from depression and suicide, but the psychologist he met with thought he was faking it and told him to man up. This was similar to what happened with one of the WWII segments where a general told his men in the clinic to man up and get back on the field. Society still strongly holds the gender roles of man being tough and courageous, and in war it is still hard to hold that image. It goes to show that being a veteran, no matter what war and time period your from, PTSD was always there, and war never changes.

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wartorn

This documentary focused on many of the same themes that we have been covering throughout this course such as PTSD and how it is not always recognized and treated as well as veterans struggling to return to civilian life.  In the Civil War, Angelo Crapsey was taken out of combat after fighting on the front lines for almost 2 years due to not being able to deal with so many deaths.  He said that no one could describe the horrors of war.  He eventually killed himself at the age of 21 and his family said that he was a transformed man.

One war veteran has a grandson fighting in Iraq and felt that there was no way to explain to him that even if he returned home safely from war, he would not come home as the same person. Many of the veterans talk about having trouble expressing the horror that they saw or the difficulty to find the reason that they were no longer the same as when they left.  A marine veteran and a mother of a suicide victim both talk about how you are trained to be a killing machine in the military, but they do not train you to return to civilian life.

Jason Scheuerman was a suicide victim in the military.  He tried to get himself help by visiting the doctor in the army.  He clearly stated that he was depressed and was considering suicide.  The doctor essentially told him that there was nothing wrong with him and to deal with it and get back to work.  He then proceeded to go back to his room and kill himself.  I think this partly has to do with glorification of war and toughness especially among men in society.  Men are taught to not show their emotions and this was a perfect example of this.

Another man, Nathan Damingo, returned from Iraq a changed man and attacked a middle-eastern taxi driver in California because of PTSD.  He then had to spend 6 years in jail.  With so many veterans in jail, the government should try to help more with helping veterans with returning to civilian life.

Another main theme mentioned at the end was that veterans must live with the terrible things that they did, regardless of whether they were ordered to do them.  There is nothing the government can do to help with this, but this should be a major warning to government considering war a major cost of war.

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Wartorn

Wartorn is a movie showing the soldier to civilian transition. As we all know a hard one for most soldiers. In the movie they showed how each soldier had a different and unique transition back. A lot of the hardship had to deal with what they went through in war, death, and friends they left behind at war. One of the stories in particular was a man who killed another guy. Ending his life he noticed a picture in his pocket. In this he had a moment of realization that these man were just like him and it made it that much harder. Killing is never easy, and when it gets personal it adds that much more. What I got from this was that I don’t soldiers should be returned right of combat line to civilian life. It is to drastic of a change and only leads to bad decisions, mental problems, and other people are at danger. More than a few times we have heard stories about soldiers committing suicide because they still have the killing instinct in them. They feel like they need to hurt someone, so they do themselves. I enjoyed it.

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Wartorn

Wartown has left me speechless. Wartorn is mainly about veterans adjusting back into civilian life. Many veterans experience severe cases of PTSD and act out. Whether it is violence, suicide, anxiety, or depression they are all signs of PTSD. Before I watched Wartorn, I thought that with our society today all soldiers and veterans were taking care of psychically and mentally but I was wrong. One story in Wartorn was about a soldier who committed suicide because of PTSD and he wasn’t even evaluated properly. The soldier even wrote that he had thoughts of killing himself and no one thought that was big deal. It is devastating to hear that because people aren’t doing their jobs correctly, soldiers are dying and killing themselves.

The images in Wartorn are disturbing. I have seen pictures from battlegrounds in wars before but never that gory. It really makes me think of what war is really like. A lot of people take the military for granted. A lot of people don’t even care to think about what the  soldiers are going through. The men and women fighting for our country are the strongest people I’ve ever seen. Unfortunately for families and the veterans, it seems like no matter what the situation is, no soldier comes back the same and it doesn’t just change the soldier but all the people that surround him. Even though I’ve always had a lot of respect for the military and veterans, this movie has showed me that I need to respect them more and deeply appreciate what the military does for our country.

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