“In the wake of Vietnam, 38 percent of marriages failed within the first six months of a veteran’s return stateside; the divorce rate was twice as high for vets with PTSD as for those without.”
This is a factual claim because it states the statistical information of marriages that tend to fail within the first six months of a soldier’s return.
“Vietnam vets with severe PTSD are 69 percent more likely to have their marriages fail than other vets.”
This is a factual claim because it states the statistical information on a failed marriage with vietnam vets as compared to other vets
“Army records also show that 65 percent of active-duty suicides, which now outpace combat deaths, are precipitated by broken relationships. And veterans, well, one of them dies by suicide every 80 minutes.”
This is a factual claim because it states the statistical information on active duty suicides.
“But even ignoring that though vets make up 7 percent of the United States, they account for 20 percent of its suicides —or that children and teenagers of a parent who’s committed suicide are three times more likely to kill themselves, too—or a whole bunch of equally grim statistics, Brannan’s got her reasons for sticking it out with Caleb.”
This is a factual and evaluative claim. It’s a factual claim because of the statistical information presented on percentages of veterans and how much they account for suicide. It’s an evaluative claim because it assesses the matter of suicides in the family.
“Brannan fully supports any wife—who feels that she or her children are in danger, or in an untenable mental-health environment, or for whatever reason—who decides to leave. But she’s also there for those FOV users who, like her, have decided to stay.”
This is a moral claim because Brannan places her support for wives who want to leave or stay in the marriage for their reasonings.