“Charles Marmar, a New York University professor who was on the team of the National Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Study, the most comprehensive study of combat stress ever conducted, points out that you really have to spend the money to treat PTSD, since the costs of not treating it are so much higher.”
This is an evaluative/factual claim because it is stating the outcome of a study and is talking about what the results mean.
“Personal tragedy, suicide, depression, alcohol and drug use, reliving terror, he rattles off as consequences. Stress-related health problems—cardiovascular, immunologic. Heart attacks, stroke, and even dementia.”
This is a categorical claim since it is referencing all of the symptoms of PTSD.
“The treatment and compensation disability programs have cost billions. And the costs of the untreated are probably in the tens of billions. They’re enormous.”
This is a numerical claim as it is talking about the cost of disability programs and all of the costs of the untreated PTSD patients.
“There are an estimated 100,000 homeless vets on the street on any given night.”
This a numerical claim as it offers an estimate on how many homeless veterans are on the streets on a daily basis.
“Experts say it’s nearly impossible to calculate what treating PTSD from Vietnam has and will cost American taxpayers, so vast are its impacts.”
This is an evaluative claim as the quote is using the shear amount of information needed to suggest the difficulty of calculating how much homeless Vietnam vets will cost American taxpayers.
“There were 2.4 million soldiers deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, and while no one is sure what PTSD among them will ultimately cost us, either, everyone agrees on one thing: If it’s not effectively treated, it won’t go away. When Caleb checked into his VA inpatient therapy in 2010, more than two-thirds of his fellow patients were veterans of Vietnam.”
This is a numerical/factual claim as the claim uses the number of deployed soldiers as the targeted subjects of the study and makes a true claim of something never being gone until effectively treated.
“Vietnam vets still make up the bulk of Danna’s clients…”
This is a factual claim as Danna knows that Vietnam vets make up the most of her clients.
“Many people at her fundraiser are saying that she saved their lives, kept them from killing themselves, kept them off the streets—or out of the woods, as it were, where she sometimes found vets living on earth floors under cardboard boxes.”
This is a casual claim as it is suggesting that through Danna’s help with the Vietnam vets, she stopped them from harming and killing themselves as a cause-and-effect relationship.
“Steve served in Vietnam, fought in the Tet Offensive.”
This is a factual claim as Steve already told Danna that he fought in Vietnam and in the Tet Offensive.
“…and now you have never seen two people so in love in any double-wide in the United States.”
This is an evaluative claim as it is making the assumption based on the evaluation of the behavior of Steve’s situation that there is nobody that can be ass happy in a double-wide in the rest of the country.