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 quantitative claim. These numbers don’t reflect back on Caleb having PTSD. There isn’t enough evidence to prove that he is one of the men who have from serving in Iraq or Afghanistan.
- These numbers jump from one to another. What makes each number different from the next? The statistical data doesn’t make sense to use as evidence to prove that PTSD is contagious.
Imagine your nervous system spiking, readying you as you feel your way along the walls, the sensitivity of your hearing, the tautness in your muscles, the alertness shooting around inside your skull. And then imagine feeling like that all the time.
3. This is a factual claim. The author is trying to show the effects of how PTSD works and what it’s like to live with PTSD. She wants the reader to understand the symptoms of what Caleb deals with every day.
4. This claim could be beneficial when evaluating if PTSD is contagious or not. This piece of writing could also be helpful when trying to get others who don’t have PTSD to see what someone who is diagnosed with PTSD.
She has not, unlike military wives she advises, ever been beat up. Nor jumped out of her own bed when she got touched in the middle of the night for fear of being raped, again.
5. This is a comparative claim. She groups herself with other military housewives. Some of these military housewives may also be experiencing their spouses PTSD like Brannan does.
6. She explains that she hasn’t been abused or beaten up by her husband and has never felt scared to be around him.
You can’t see Caleb’s other wound, either. It’s called traumatic brain injury, or TBI, from multiple concussions. In two tours, he was in at least 20 explosions—IEDs, vehicle-borne IEDs, RPGs.
7. This is a definition claim. This explains what a traumatic brain injury and how they are found upon which is due to multiple concussions.
8. This is also a Numerical Claim. “In two hours, he was in at least 20 explosions.” This claim shows the number of explosions in a certain amount of time.