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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-19-07 06:29 AM
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Veteran stress cases up sharply-Mental illness is now No. 2 injury
Veteran stress cases up sharply
Mental illness is now No. 2 injury

By Gregg Zoroya
USA TODAY

WASHINGTON The number of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans seeking treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder from the Department of Veterans Affairs jumped by nearly 20,000 almost 70% in the 12 months ending June 30, VA records show.

More than 100,000 combat veterans sought help for mental illness since the start of the war in Afghanistan in 2001, about one in seven of those who have left active duty since then, according to VA records collected through June. Almost half of those were PTSD cases.

The numbers do not include thousands treated at storefront Vet Centers operated by the department across the country. Nor do they include active-duty personnel diagnosed with the disorder or former servicemembers who have not sought VA treatment.

About 1.5 million U.S. troops have served in Iraq or Afghanistan. Of those, 750,000 have left the military and are eligible for VA health care.

The nearly 50,000 VA-documented PTSD cases far exceed the 30,000 military personnel that the Pentagon officially classifies as wounded in the conflicts. The discrepancy underscores the view by military and civilian health officials, such as Lt. Gen. James Campbell, director of the Army staff, that troops tend to ignore, hide or fail to recognize their mental health wounds until after their military service.

PTSD cases often surface long after troops leave combat. A VA study in 1988, 13 years after the last U.S. troops left Vietnam, showed that 31% of the 3.1 million male Vietnam veterans had PTSD at some point after their service.

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Karenina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-19-07 06:43 AM
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flashl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-19-07 06:51 AM
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2. Our leaders are clear ...
about this subject. A Rand Corporation study informs us that soldiers claiming PTSD really had pre-existing "personality disorders". :sarcasm:

These pigs have no shame.
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