Rates of PTSD Among Veterans Still Rising; BrightHub Flubs Stats


(BrightHub.com) – The rates of PTSD in Iraq war veterans are high, and these numbers will only increase. Furthermore, they don’t include the number of vets who don’t admit to having trouble by reporting to any Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical and behavioral health center.

Veterans for Common Sense Response: Current PTSD Statistics

[A]ccording to VA reports recently obtained exclusively by Veterans for Common Sense under the Freedom of Information Act, the numbers have risen substantially.

As of June 2010, a total of 171,423 deployed Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans were diagnosed with PTSD, out of total of 593,634 patients treated by VA.

A total of 84,005 OEF/OIF veteran patients were granted VA disability compensation (about half) for PTSD.

If you have questions about what VA and DoD are doing right, and where VA and DoD still face major challenges, please let us know. We also have additional statistics you may want to share with your readers.

Thank you for citing VCS and our research.

Best, Paul.

Paul Sullivan
Executive Director
Veterans for Common Sense
Washington, DC

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