1. Brannan Vines has never been to war, but her husband, Caleb, was sent to Iraq twice, where he served in the infantry as a designated marksman. He’s one of 103,200, or 228,875, or 336,000 Americans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan and came back with PTSD, depending on whom you ask, and one of 115,000 to 456,000 with traumatic brain injury.
- This is a factual and numerical claim because we can see the statistics in amount of numbers of come back solders with PTCD from Iraq and Afghanistan. However, there is no prove that Caleb in fact was medically diagnosed with PTCD among those with PTCD.
2. Caleb has been home since 2006, way more than enough time for Brannan to catch his symptoms. The house, in a subdivision a little removed from one of many shopping centers in a small town in the southwest corner of Alabama, is often quiet as a morgue.
2. “To catch the symptoms” is in fact casual claim because it invokes casual relationships between in this case two people.
3. It’s called traumatic brain injury, or TBI, from multiple concussions. In two tours, he was in at least 20 explosions—IED, vehicle-borne IEDs, RPGs. In one of them, when a mortar or grenade hit just behind him, he was thrown headfirst through a metal gate and into a courtyard.
3. There is a definition claim where it says, “It’s called traumatic brain injury.”