Posted by: dohgonuniversity | August 23, 2009


“The most common concern that Soldiers relay to me is that they were afraid that going to combat stress would be a sign that they were weak or were looking for a way to go home.”

A recent Rand study revealed that some 300,000 of the 1.3 million servicemen and women deployed between Sept. 11, 2001 and the end of 2007 suffer from PTSD or some form of depression. Another 300,000 suffer from traumatic brain injury, or TBI.

“We have to be willing to understand and accept not only the help of our brothers and sisters, our friends and families, but we have to understand that we need to do this for ourselves… And that’s a big step.”

A [PTSD] affected person stays in the alert mode at all times. He or she loses interest in life, neglects those around him or her, suffers from fragmented sleep, often erupts in outbursts of anger and is usually quite depressed.

Everyday a new case of a Veteran committing suicide is publicized and it is mostly due to PTSD.

“It’s something I will never get rid of. I’ll never forget. You can’t defend [against] that physically, emotionally or mentally.”

According to a recent Pentagon study, children of U.S. military troops sought outpatient mental health care 2 million times last year, double the number at the start of the Iraq war. There also was a disturbing upswing in the number of military children hospitalized for mental-health troubles. Since the 2003 invasion of Iraq, inpatient visits among military children have mushroomed by 50 percent.

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