Claims – gooferious

When I asked the VA if the organization would treat kids for secondary trauma, its spokesperson stressed that it has made great strides in family services in recent years, rolling out its own program for couples’ counseling and parenting training.

This statement is a factual claim because, the author states that when they asked about services for children the spokesperson confirmed that not only were there services for children but for the adults too.

“Our goal is to make the parents the strongest parents they can be,” says Susan McCutcheon, national director for Family Services, Women’s Mental Health, and Military Sexual Trauma at the VA…

After reading I have concluded that this quote is a moral claim. I say this with the reason that McCutcheon assures that they are trying to help these parents become more emotionally fit to handle PTSD situations.

…According to Shirley Glynn, a VA clinical research psychologist who was also on the call, “for the vast majority of people with the secondary traumatization model, the most important way to help the family deal with things is to ensure that the veteran gets effective treatment.”

This next portion is considered to be a proposal claim because Dr. Glynn was stating a method of treatment for veterans who suffer from PTSD. She was trying to convince/propose a solution.

In cases where children themselves need treatment, these VA officials recommended that parents find psychologists themselves, though they note “this is a good time [for the VA] to make partners with the community so we can make good referrals.” Or basically: “You’re on your own,” says Brannan.

This final quote can be called two of the nine claims. To start off with, this quote is a casual claim because it includes a cause and effect situation. The kids need treatment (cause) and because of that the VA wants to make partners with local community services. (effect)

The other claim that this could be called is again another moral claim. I identify this as a moral claim because, basically what the VA was trying to do was not treat the children themselves but worded it in a way that did not sound harsh. Brannan goes on to say exactly what the VA meant to say but in a less complicated sentence.

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