People around her think she needs a break, needs to rest, to take care of herself. “I know I’m not responsible for all these people,” Brannan says. “But at the same time, nobody else is, either.”
-This is an example of a moral/ethical claim and a proposal claim. The quote claims that the people close to Brannan have evaluated her situation and propose that she should not be dealing with this moral obligation. When Brannan states that nobody is responsible, she is making an ethical claim because she is passing her moral judgement.
With a half million disability cases stuck in a VA backlog, and an estimated 25 percent of Iraq/Afghanistan troops with PTSD not seeking treatment, her logic isn’t entirely off.
-This is a numerical evaluative claim since the writer is mentioning the amount of disability cases and the estimated percentage of troops with PTSD that are not seeking treatment.
So she takes on the case of a family from Wisconsin who paid rent today, but has literally no money left. If they make an appointment at the VA and can’t get in for several weeks, how do they eat, they want to know, in the meantime? And the vet in New Jersey who didn’t register for his VA benefits inside the five-year window. His life didn’t fall apart until six years after his service, so when he walked into a VA emergency room asking for help to not kill himself, he was turned away until he could clear the requisite mountain of paperwork. And the vet who got fired from his job for being unstable and is now homeless, like 13,000 other vets under 30, who now lives with his wife and teenager in his car.
-The first type of claim in this section is casual claim. The writer asserts what is happening to these veterans and their families, and can happen because of the lack of support they’re getting from the VA.
-The other claim type in this section is numerical claim, since the writer mentions the amount of veterans that are homeless and under 30 years old.
“In a perfect world, everyone would know and understand what my family is going through,” Brannan says. She’s convinced Caleb not to leave her, convinced him that she still wants to be married to him. Not for the first, and she doubts for the last, time. “We can reach a deeper love,” she says. “When you share this sort of thing with a person, and you make it through it, it’s a deeper love, really.”
-When Brannan predicts that this will not be the last time she has to convince her husband that she loves him, she is making a causal claim. She speculates that they can make their love deeper by sharing this struggle together.
“They will hang in there until the last dog is dead,” Danna told me of military spouses. She saw her husband through peripheral neuropathy, PTSD, prison, Agent Orange-linked disease, saw her son suffer living with a ball of anxiety and succumbing to drugs, and she doesn’t regret one day.
-This section has both evaluative claim and categorical claim. Danna evaluates that military spouses will not give up their mangled marriages no matter what. The writer lists all of the struggles Danna has to faced during her time with her husband.
“If you love somebody, you stick with them,” she says, and there it is, naïve, and beautiful, and impractically pure.
-This is a moral claim since Danna is making a judgment on how a person should act if they love someone. There is also an evaluative claim since the writer is passing his judgement on Danna’s idea of love.