Claims-Mesrurerowan

We await the results of the 20-year, 10,000-family-strong study of impacts on Iraq and Afghanistan veterans’ kin, the largest of its kind ever conducted, that just got under way.

Quantitative claim. It says about awaiting the results of the 20-year, which can be proven; and 10,000 families.

Meanwhile, René Robi­chaux, social-work programs manager for US Army Medical Command, concedes that “in a family system, every member of that system is going to be impacted, most often in a negative way, by mental-health issues.” 

Causal claim. The sentence includes the possible consequences of the system.

That was the impetus for the Marriage and Family Therapy Program, which since 2005 has added 70 therapists to military installations around the country.

Factual claim. 70 therapists were added to military installations, it can be proven.

Mostly what the program provides is couples’ counseling.

Definition claim, because it defines what the program provides.

Children are “usually not” treated, but when necessary referred to child psychiatrists—of which the Army has 31. 

Meanwhile, the Child, Adolescent and Family Behavioral Health Office has trained hundreds of counselors in schools with Army children in and around bases to try to identify and treat coping and behavioral problems early on. “We’re better than we were,” Robi­chaux says. “But we still have a ways to go.”

Evaluative claim. Robichaux’s point of view is arguable.

Comparative claim. ‘’We are better that we were’’ is a comparison.

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