The most common impairments among veterans receiving veterans' disability benefits are:
There has been a lot of attention paid to the growing incidence of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) among veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Since 2009, the number of veterans qualifying for disability benefits because of PTSD has nearly doubled. The current number of veterans in this category, according to an article in the Houston Chronicle, is about 684,000.
The suicide of a Marine Corps veteran highlights the ways disabled veterans can fall through the cracks. The veteran of several tours of Iraq and Afghanistan served for eight years before leaving the Marines in 2012 and applying for VA disability benefits. He died on October 6 at a shooting range in Oceanside, California.
In our previous blog we discussed a new study of post-traumatic stress among veterans funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Although the study, reported in the New York Times on August 7, 2014, is ground-breaking in that veterans with war trauma have never been studied for so long, it also confirms at least some of what we already know.
A recent story in the New York Times highlights the problem of post-traumatic stress disorder, often called PTSD, among Vietnam veterans. The study has revealed a number of disturbing demographic issues that continue to cause problems, not just for the vets but for society at large.
Between 13 and 20 percent of soldiers and marines deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq have symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This illness has gained increasing attention from the public and the news media as veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq return home.