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 How did Sgt. Harris view his role as a soldier?

SergeantHarris survived an attack afteran attack on him and his fellow marines from the sides. Other members in his unit did not survive. The result ofthe wound that he acquired makes him wish he were back in Afghanistan where life seemed easier. In Afghanistan, he was in charge. At home, he is entirely dependent. Harris further explains that he joined the army to fight the enemy. He however came home damaged. The sergeant is in extreme pain and distress. It is even harder for him to integrate into the society because most people do not even understand what he has gone through. It is clear that the sergeant enjoyed his work as an army person. However, he does not seem happy with the person that he has become.

What type of relationship existed between Sgt. Harris and his wife (both directions)?

Through the film, we see the relationship of sergeantHarris and his wife slowly turn from sweet to the beginning Harris spends his car rides leaning his head against his wife. It is a sweet scene, with Harris at times affectionately reaching out to his wife’s neck. As the film progresses the car ride we see a lot of argument. His wife is distant from him, claiming that sergeantHarris turned into a completely different person. The behavior change in SergeantHarris strains his relationship. He sleeps with a gun. He pays games that simulate the war zone. He hates the fact that he is dependent. He had to rely on his wife for everything, which included dressing up in the morning, taking his pills and doing his physical therapy. The sergeant attempts to mend his relationship with his wife but this is affected by his mood swings and erratic behavior.

If you were a close friend or relative of Sgt. Harris, what would you say to him to help him cope with his current situation?

If I were a close friend of SergeantHarris, I would help him cope with his current situation by telling him that it is easier to let other people help him. The main problem with SergeantHarris is not even the post-physical wounds that he has. His main problem is post-traumatic stress.Trying to deal with it alone will only make it harder for him. The constant moods wings and very erratic behaviors push people away from him. This is evident in the worsening relationship between the sergeant and his wife.

How do the Afghani people feel about the US invasion in their country, villages, and homes?

The Afghani people are very weary of the US presence in their region. They are particularly not impressed with the forced moving from their homes, the killing of their cops, and the US soldiers frighten their children. The Afghani people in that sense do not appreciate the activities of the US soldiers in their home.

Did this move the influence or confirm your feelings about the US invasion of Afghanistan? How? Does it influence or confirm your general opinion regarding future US military action? How?

The movie is very informative on the invasion of the United States into Afghanistan. It is sad that they affected local people and forced them to move out of their homes. In future, the US military should consider the local people.

Does the fact that you are a nurse influence the way you watch the movie (compared to someone who is not a health care professional)? How?

 Being a nurse does affect the way I see the movie. I feel compassion for the wounded sergeant and the struggles that he has to face, compared to someone who is not a health care professionally.

Question part 2                                                                            

There is a stigma on the military as many service members keep quiet about their mental health problems. They suffer in silent while trying to protect their careers, which in the end mean that their conditions worsen. The silent suffering affects their military readiness. Daniel Rodriguez was an army man who served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He survived a horrible attack, after which they awarded him a purple heart and bronze star. After returninghome, he had trouble readjusting. Several things helped him readjust. Joining a community college, his focus on football, following a strict diet and maintaining his grades helped him.

The Iraq and Afghanistan wars have definitely changed the military’s approach to mental health issues. Even if a soldier is lucky enough to return home without any physical wounds, they still have to go through some mental problems. Almost all veterans returning from war have trouble adjusting. Not all of them are as lucky as Daniel Rodrigues. This calls for seriousness in the issue of addressing mental problems among veterans. There are recent efforts to increase access to appropriate mental health care for veterans returning from warzones such as Iraq and Afghanistan.

There are several task forces, working groups and presidential commissions that have increased the focus on a mental health care system for people returning from war zones. These groups increased public awareness through informing the public and reports. This made congress greatly increase funding for department of defense and the veterans’ health administration. The result is the provision of billions of money in support of the health care system for veterans affected by the war. Improving the mental health benefits also is a way in which they serve returning veterans.


Musseto, V. (2001) Afghan Aftermath. New York post: New York.


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