Do You Value Your Freedom? Essay

2005 Words Apr 12th, 2016 9 Pages
Do you value your freedom? As an American citizen, do you completely understand the cost of the lifestyle you live? The freedom of speech, religion, gun ownership, and the fact that these freedoms are protected by the most powerful document in America, the Constitution, came at a grave cost. This cost was, and is paid, by the countless men and women who put themselves in harms way everyday, American military members. In this brief essay I would like to discuss three of these cost, emotional, physical, and the social costs that service members face after they have fought our wars. America has fought many wars since her birth. World War I, World War II, and Vietnam to name the best known. Most people know the countless lives that were lost during these confrontations as well as some of the injuries faced by those who served. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or “shell shock” has come into light since Operation Iraq Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Loss of limb, eyesight, and traumatic brain injury (TBI) as well. All of these injuries have plagued service members since the beginning of war. Obviously when you think of combat and the physical costs, the first thing that comes to mind is death. This is the pinnacle when discussing physical effects, and in no way shape or form do I mean to degrade this sacrifice, however it is not my intended discussion for this topic. I will further discuss this when we arrive at the social effects of combat, for now we…

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