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    PTSD: The Cruel Facts

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (“PTSD”) is a mental condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event – either experiencing it or witnessing it.  Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares, feelings of detachment, difficulties concentrating, hyper- vigilance, severe anxiety, etc. – all involving involuntary uncontrollable reactions. PTSD can be triggered in a moment – by a memory, an image, a sound, even a smell. PTSD has been disproportionately associated with alcoholism, drug abuse, and domestic violence. Moreover veterans with PTSD are 4-6 times more likely to be divorced, a single parent, or become homeless. In the past year alone (2015-2016), it is estimated that the number of PTSD-diagnosed cases in the military jumped nearly 50%.  Of 2.4 million veterans of the Iraq/Afghanistan wars, roughly 460,000 suffer from PTSD or major depression. Of the 200,000 veterans who go homeless each night, 45% suffer from PTSD or mental illness. One in five Iraq/Afghanistan combat veterans and more than one in four Vietnam veterans have either suffered or are currently suffering from PTSD.  Plus 30% of all battlefield veterans are estimated to develop mental problems within four months of returning home. At least 20 veterans commit PTSD-related suicides each day; more than 7,000 each year. Veterans now account for 20% of all U.S. suicides. Iraq/Afghanistan veterans between the ages of 17 and 24 exhibit suicide rates four  times higher than other veteran populations. Only half of veterans who seek help receive even “minimally adequate” treatment. Through 2015, the Department of Veterans Affairs reports that more than $2 billion has been spent on treatment-related care of Iraq/Afghanistan veterans suffering from PTSD. First year treatment alone costs the government an average of $8,300 per person.
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Copyright © Operation New Outlook, a 501c3 non-profit corporation

PTSD: The Cruel Facts

PTSD is a mental condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event – either experiencing it or witnessing it.  Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares, feelings of detachment, difficulties concentrating, hyper-vigilance, severe anxiety, etc. – all involving involuntary uncontrollable reactions. PTSD can be triggered in a moment – by a memory, an image, a sound, even a smell. PTSD has been disproportionately associated with alcoholism, drug abuse, and domestic violence. Moreover veterans with PTSD are 4-6 times more likely to be divorced, a single parent, or become homeless. In the past year alone (2015-2016), the Veterans Administration estimates that the number of PTSD- diagnosed cases in the military jumped nearly 50%.  Of the 2.4 million veterans of the Iraq/Afghanistan wars, approximately 460,000 suffer from PTSD or major depression. Nearly one out of three veterans of the Vietnam War have suffered from PTSD. Of the 200,000 veterans who go homeless each night, 45% suffer from PTSD or mental illness. One in five combat veterans of our four most recent wars have either suffered or are currently suffering from PTSD.  Plus 30% of all battlefield veterans are estimated to develop mental problems within 3-4 months of returning home. At least 20 veterans commit PTSD-related suicides each day; more than 7,000 each year. Veterans now account for 20% of all U.S. suicides. Iraq/Afghanistan veterans between the ages of 17 and 24 exhibit suicide rates four  times higher than other veteran populations. Only half of veterans who seek help receive even “minimally adequate” treatment. Through 2015, the Department of Veterans Affairs reports that more than $2 billion has been spent on treatment- related care of Iraq/Afghanistan veterans suffering from PTSD. First year treatment alone costs the government an average of $8,300 per person.
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