a. Attention Getter : When people ask me why I joined the military I think of all the reason that I did it for, but I think Toby Keith sums it up the best : “ 'cause freedom don’t come free.” b. Topic : Freedoms come with a great cost but yet we still do not care for our veterans well enough c. Preview: Today I will tell you how veterans suffer from Post traumatic stress disorder or PTSD and cant get help, how veterans are homeless and why they are , and finally I will look at this from a soldiers point of view Body
a. According to National Institute of Health , “ as much as 20 percent of Iraq war veterans suffer from PTSD” b. As you can see thats nearly a quarter of all veteran that went to Iraq have PTSD, that is a lot of soldiers and almost as high as the Vietnam PTSD rate. You may ask what the government is doing to help these soldiers that risk there lives for there country, and I bet you will be surprised with the answer. The government is actually trying to tell soldiers that they are not suffering that they actually have a personality disorder. c. NBC reported on a soldier Named Daniel Hibbard who was diagnosed twice with PTSD but then something unexpected happened Hibbard received a letter reversing his PTSD diagnosis. His new diagnosis, which was assigned without an in-person examination or assessment, is personality disorder. d. These men and women come back from war and hope there country will be there to help them, but instead they turning away from vets leaving them on their own with no medicical help. B. Homelessness
a. When you walk around a city like Chicago you see many homeless people on the street begging for money so the can eat some food for the first time that week. Well it may surprise that a high majority of those people you see are veterans that weren't helped when they returned from war. According to USA Today “ Veterans make up 1 in...
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