“Brannan knows what a difference that makes.”
This sentence is an example of a proposal claim because, the author is claiming that Brannan “knows” what a difference that something makes. It is proposed that Brannan knows this.
“She hasn’t seen any other therapist, or a therapist trained to deal with PTSD”
This is an example of a Factual Claim because it is known without a doubt that Katie has not seen a therapist to deal with her PTSD.
“Since the volunteer therapist she tried briefly herself spent more time asking her to explain a ‘bad PTSD day’ than how Caleb’s symptoms were affecting the family.”
This is an example of an Ethical or Moral Claim because, it expresses a moral judgement that she tried to explain something.
“When I visited, Katie was not covered by the VA under Caleb’s disability; actually, she wasn’t covered by any insurance at all half the time, since the Vineses aren’t poor enough for subsidized health care and the Blue Cross gap insurance maxes out at six months a year.”
This sentence is an example of a Casual Claim. The cause of the family’s inability to get subsidized health care is because they technically have the means to pay for health care themselves but are not capable because they do not have enough money.
“I’m not for taking her somewhere and getting her labeled. I’d rather work on it in softer ways.”
This is an Ethical or Moral Claim because Brannan does not want Katie to have a diagnosis based on an ethical or moral judgement. Brannan is claiming that doctors would label her.
“Brannan is a force of keeping her family together.”
This is an Evaluative claim. The author is claiming that Brannan is “a force of keeping her family together.” This is a claim based on Brannan’s character and personality. It can be arguable.
“That’s typical parent stuff, but Brannan also keeps Caleb on his regimen of 12 pills—antidepressants, anti-anxiety, sleep aids, pain meds, nerve meds, stomach meds—plus weekly therapy, and sometimes weekly physical therapy for a cartilage-lacking knee and the several disintegrating disks in his spine.”
This is a Categorial Claim because the author is claiming that Caleb must take these medications by naming the types of medicine.
“Lots of guys are coming back with maybe from enduring all the bomb blasts, and speech therapy for the TBI, and continuing tests for a cyst in his chest and his 48-percent-functional lungs.”
This is an example of a Factual Claim because the author is stating that tests are being done for a cyst in 48% percent of his lungs. Since there is a percentage, it must be true without doubt.