20% of Iraq, Afghanistan Soldiers Have Depression or PTSD


Half of Depression and PTSD affected troops untreated

A study published by the Rand Corporation shows that of the 300,000 troops affected by mental disorders of depression or PTSDless than half have been treated.   Yes, that is 150,000 untreated heroes on active dury or recently released to the streets without proper treatment according to this independent study.

Picture from Veterans Today site.  Find it Here

The sad news continues…  About one in five, about 20%, of our Iraq and Afghanistan active dury and veterans suffer from depression or PTSD.

The Rand study says that too many soldiers and Marines are still slipping through the cracks since the symptoms of depression and PTSD can appear months after an incident, and many mental problems that appear later may never be caught, the study said.

The RAND study interviewed 1,965 current and former service members and asked them how many had suffered from PTSD within the previous 30 days and suffered from depression within the previous two weeks.

  • “We have tried to generate this estimate across the entire deployed population,” said Terri Tanielian, one of the study’s authors. “We are looking at the scope of the problem now among the population back in the United States.”

The study shows that 19.5% of veterans had received a concussion or other traumatic brain injury during their combat tour.    The study found that some service members actively avoid a diagnosis of a mental health problem due to a fear of negative consequences of such a diagnosis.    The worry is that co-workers would have less confidence in them after a diagnosis and thus impact their career.

  • “When we asked folks what was limiting them from getting the help that they need, among the top barriers that were reported were really negative career repercussions,” Tanielian said.

Please read the rest of this article (paraphrased above) here:  Veterans Today.

You can get a different take at Medical News Today.  They report that 30% of our soldiers that are on their third or fourth tour have expressed emotional illnesses as gleaned from 2295 anonymous responses to the survey (11.9 % first tour soldiers, 18.5% second tour, 27.2% third tour).

And from the Associated Press at the Atlanta Journal Constitution website.

I encourage you to write the candidates at every government level and all of our current congressmen to encourage them to show their support by increasing the help for these wonderful men and women that have served our country.  Let’s serve them now!

Help our Heroes!

2 responses to “20% of Iraq, Afghanistan Soldiers Have Depression or PTSD

  1. I served in Viet Nam in 1967, when I came hope it was bad for all Vets, I had a problems with Jobs and anger. When someone found out I was in Nam it was not pretty. It took me 10 years till I started feeling better. In the eighties I was out of work and join the Guard, I was ready to retire when at age 57 I went to Irag, after three month all those bad feeling came rushing back. I tried the VA but it just don’t work. You sit and hope for it to pass again but the Army doctor said because of Nam it will take forever.

  2. I have sustained a traumatic brain injury, although not from serving our great country. I find it absolutely appaling how those in power have better things to be concerned with than helping and treating our veterans returning from war. I am aware that there are varying degrees of TBI (traumatic brain injury) and that mine is probably very different from those sustatined by a veteran. However, it is my hope that I will be able to network properly and make the necessary connections that would allow me to move into the forefront of those quasi-few civilians that can and want to help our beloved veterans. If anyone has any information concerning involvement in the treatment of PTSD and/or TBI please reply to this message. Thank you.

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