Tuesday, June 1, 2010

U.S. History Project Suggestions- Born on the Fourth of July

Movie: Born on the Fourth of July
Watch the Movie
Answer the questions below in the comments section: (Spend some time looking at the resources above to help you answer these questions.)

1. What were the psychological ramifications for Vietnam veterans who were either treated as criminals or were virtually ignored (public apathy in general and/or poor or neglectful treatment by the V.A. for some) unlike veterans from other wars who were embraced by the country?

2. How did this type of treatment transform Ron Kovic's perception of the war?

3. Look for news stories focusing on the psychological effects of war. Look for news stories pertaining to the current war in Iraq. Read one of the stories you found. Relate what you learned from this story to what you learned about the psychological effects of war after watching "Born on the Fourth of July."

Examples of news stories (you may use one of these):
Neglectful treatment at Walter Reed:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/17/AR2007021701172.html

Walter Reed and Beyond (Links to slideshows, resources, archives, etc. This link included information on P.T.S.D., and other mental health disorders affecting veterans.)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/nation/walter-reed/index.html

Wikipedia (Walter Reed Neglect Scandal)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Reed_Army_Medical_Center_neglect_scandal

NPR coverage of Walter Reed, etc. (read or listen to stories):
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=7725283

A Veteran's View of Walter Reed (read or listen to story):
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=7584958

Military diagnosing more cases of P.T.S.D.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/05/27/AR2008052701512.html?nav=rss_health

NPR (Dealing with P.T.S.D. after war) Listen to story:
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=88678418

Virtual Reality for Returning Vets:
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=90619213&ft=1&f=1007

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