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Dear Diary Today I read the poem disabled by Wilfred Owen and it caused me to envision the horrors grandfather must have endured when he took service in the war As the poem expressed the tormented thoughts and recollections of a teenaged soldier it was hard to get through even half of the poem as the vivid imagery was too gruesome and hard to bare The soldier Owen had written about had lost his limbs in battle and was confined utterly helpless to a wheelchair In reflecting upon grandfathers experiences I remember him telling me how he suffered through post traumatic stress disorder PTSD for many years He complained about limited treatment opportunities for veterinarians diagnosed with PTSD then for example during the time Owen wrote the poem comparative to now I started to analyse the poem further in collecting evidence to conclude treatment opportunities have improved but to an extent In the first stanza of disabled Owen depicts the young soldier in a dark isolated state as he sits in his wheelchair At this moment the reader learns the soldier has lost his legs in battle Owen uses repetition of words such as waiting and sleep to reinforce the sense that this soldier's life is interminable to him now There is evidence right at the beginning of the poem that post traumatic stress haunts the soldier as he is a fragment of the man he was losing a part of himself which he would never get back 

A common diagnosis in soldiers particularly in the deployment of my grandfather s troops in the Iraq and Afghanistan veterans In 60 000 13 of deployed and non deployed veterans screened positive for PTSG while others showed high rates to be as high as 20 and 30 However a reasoning treatment options were so limited was due to the diagnosis of PTSD not being adopted until the late 1970s far beyond the time World War 1 occurred and that of the deployment of my grandfather With a lot of soldiers surviving with significant injuries who would not necessarily have survived before it make treatment even more difficult as they now return home with physical and physiological trauma In the second stanza of disabled the solider reminisces about the old days before the war As he conjures up sights and sounds of lamps and dancing girls as he sadly remembers he now is referred to as a queer disease causing the soldier to feel emasculated ignored almost betrayed by women As many treatment options for PTSD were underdeveloped it was believed that the weaker were predisposed to the conditions Comparative to now it is a diagnosis that could impact anyone and not dependent on the strength of a person With therapy offered to veterans and counselling it is a step forward in relieving pain caused by war In the third stanza of disabled 

Owen continues to recollect the soldier musing on the happy days of yore Last year he possessed youth he says but no longer does the soldier lost his colour very far from here Poured it down shell holes until veins ran dry This line possess deliberate intense understatements the brave man s only answer to a hell which no epic words could express and is more poignant and more rich with poetic promise than anything else that had been more during this century Owen deliberately paints a picture for the reader of how war can change a person and strip them of their innocence That exact feeling felt by my own grandfather and soldiers he serviced with In the fifth stanza of disabled the soldier lies about his age to go to battle a correlation I saw to the actions of my own grandfather who felt he needed to serve in war but was all too young In disabled Owen is sympathetic to the soldier s lack of understanding but he is also angry about the military system that enabled the soldier to enlist through lying about his age In the sixth stanza of disabled curious encounters occur on the boy s way to war It does not seem like the boy took the time to wonder too deeply about the hardships one endures in enlisting into battle foreshadowing the difficulties to come With many soldiers being so innocent it causes their mental health to be open to attack causing rates of PTSD higher in younger soldiers In the seventh stanza of disabled the soldier comes back to present realizing the bleakness of his future

As many veterinarians had to suffer hospital visits and the pity of those in power that put soldier in danger in the first place The invisibility mentioned in Owen's poem is connected to what many veterinarians feel as they no longer look at soldiers with missing limbs as whole Even with the treatment options today treating mental health is a struggle as everyone must be looked as a different cases with differing underlying factors contributing to their case making it so hard in particular to treat PTSD with every soldier having witness their own brutality and an horrors In conclusion the poem end on a tragic note as the young man wonders why they do not come and put him to bed It is a reminder of what other had to do for him now and the impact that may have on society After the war many soldiers days of autonomy and of course glory are over which causes so quickly the response of the fall of PTSD The most compelling aspect of the poem is that it is the story of one soldier making it relevant to the story of many others including that of my grandfathers The relevance is its universal quality My hope is that treatment for PTSD will continue to develop for my grandfather and other veterans who suffer Till tomorrow diary Daniela

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