Vets for Common Sense: Shocking New Mental Health Stats Obtained Under FOIA from VA

Veterans for Common Sense Exec Director, Paul Sullivan

Costs of wars are huge and tragic. Will GOP and Tea Party refuse our veterans and families?

By Jamie Reno

San Diego, CA (Home Post) – Paul Sullivan, founder of Veterans for Common Sense, shares with me the very latest numbers from the Veterans Administration on American veterans treated almost immediately after returning home from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Sullivan, who obtained these statistics from the VA through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), will be presenting this information more formally at a speech at Boston University Law School today. “This is truly remarkable and new information about the Iraq, Afghanistan, and Gulf Wars,” says Sullivan, a Gulf War veteran who, before creating his veterans advocacy organization in 2002, worked at the VA. Here are some of the numbers:

As of June 30, 2010, VA treated 594,000 Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran patients – up 29,000 the past 3 months. Of those, 295,000 were diagnosed with at least one mental health condition by VA, up 18,000 in the past three months. Of those, 171,000 were diagnosed with post-traumatic-stress disorder (PTSD) by VA, up 13,000 in the past three months.

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