Most war movies show the hero killing the enemy and coming back victorious to lead a happy life. However, the truth is that war veterans suffer from numerous stress disorders caused by the war experience. From exposure to chemicals and other harmful substances and emotional impact of killing large number of human beings to seeing friends, colleagues and seniors being killed on the field – there are numerous reasons why a veteran soldier comes back after war in a disturbed state.
People fail to understand that the veteran soldier will no longer be in a position to act as a productive member of the country and that he or she is also a casualty of the war. The person may be living but the person’s productive utility to the nation comes down drastically. In such a scenario, it is essential to consider this as a negative impact of war.
Veterans suffering from stress disorders cannot be simply forgotten. They will have to be treated and will have to be provided for. The families of the veterans will have to make sacrifices for many years after the war comes to an end. The government will have to incur expenses for medical treatment of the veteran. All this is has to be done when benefits arising from the war would have stopped accruing a long time ago.
From morality point of view, the stress and confusion that wars cause to veterans is immense. From the social point of view, the presence of such individuals poses uncomfortable questions for a society that wishes to reach the utopian stage where all individuals treat others with goodwill and respect. From the economic point of view, it is a huge drain because not only is fighting very expensive but the after effects of war also places a huge burden on the economy.