“Meanwhile people like James Peterson, husband of Kateri of the Olive Garden breakdown, are signing up for experiments.”
- This is a quantitative claim because it shows that James Patterson, and people like him, are signing up for these experiments. It is also comparative because it says “people like James Paterson”, comparing him to other veterans with similar situations or characteristics.
“With three kids, eight, five, and two, and Kateri’s full-time job—as a VA nurse, actually—she could no longer manage his emotional plus physical problems”
- This is a quantitative and causal claim. This is because it not only states that Kateri has 3 children, but that it is one of the direct causes that she can no longer support Paterson’s emotional and physical problems.
“rheumatism consults, neuro consults for TBI, plus a burning rash on both feet he got in Fallujah in 2004.”
- This is a factual claim. This is because it describes the injuries he received during his time in Fallujah. It is also a causal claim, as it claims that he had to get a neurological consultation for a traumatic brain injury.
“Chemical exposure, stress reaction, no one knows, but the skin cracks and opens up raw with lesions sometimes.”
- This is a causal claim because it is describing the possible reasons as to why Paterson’s skin cracks and opens up with lesions. Even if they don’t know for sure, they are still attributing the cause to one of these possible things. This is also a categorical claim because it lists possible reasons.
“Kateri writes me that just moments after the injection, he “went from balls-to-the-wall PTSD to BOOM chill.”
- This is a causal claim and a comparative claim. It is causal because Kateri is describing how the injection caused his emotional state to change. It is comparative because she compares his state before the injection to shortly after.
“…a server dropped a tray out of her periphery, setting her circulatory system off at a million miles a minute.”
- This is a causal claim, as it describes what caused Kateri to start having a breakdown while she was working at her restaurant.
“He just ate his steak like nothing,” she says.”
- This is a comparative claim because she uses “He just ate his steak like nothing” to describe how this man ignored her response to the tray falling and her having a breakdown because of it.
“When you’ve become hypervigilant, the place you are most functional is on the battlefield,”
- This is a qualitative and causal claim. It is qualitative because it describes the characteristic of being hyper vigilant. It is causal because it explains that hyper vigilance is directly causal to being most functional on the battlefield, as opposed to anywhere else.
“…at this point is like a drug addict, needing stimulation to maintain it.”
- This is a comparative statement because it compares Kateri’s heightened state and the maintenance it requires to being a drug addict craving a fix.
“or the first time since Iraq, her husband felt at peace, and was able to enjoy a steak dinner with his wife.”
- This is a comparative statement because it compares Paterson’s ability to now enjoy a simply dinner with his wife, to the time period in which he couldn’t. It’s also quantitative because it labels this scenario with being the very first time.
“He just sat there,” Kateri says. His normalcy “was so distressing to me that I wanted to stab him.”
- This is a causal claim because Kateri claims that she felt like she wanted to stab him because of how strange it was that he was just sitting there for once. This is a qualitative claim as well because she describes his behavior as “distressing”.