Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
The scope of the
PTSD health crisis.
There are 24 million veterans living in
the US. Of those, 14 million have served during wars.
A conservative estimate holds that 20% of all living US combat veterans, from the greatest generation to today’s brave young men and women, have suffered or are suffering from PTSD.
That’s approximately 3 million of our brothers and sisters, most of whom have received no treatment. As soldiers return from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, we’re finding the number of cases of PTSD is increasing at an alarming rate.
Most of these combat veterans are not diagnosed or treated. And only half of those who actively seek help receive what researchers called “minimally adequate treatment.”
The financial and human resources of the V.A. are badly overmatched.