November 11th is Veteran’s Day

Some facts about Veterans that you may find alarming:

  • A US Veteran attempts suicide every 80 minutes (source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk)
  • “Estimates of the rate of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among veterans returning from Iraq range from 12% to 20%. With deployment topping 1.5 million this summer [2007], and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) having treated more than 52,000 persons, the greatest effect of those mental health issues has yet to be experienced.” –source: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/565407
  • “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.” —http://www.veteranstoday.com
  • A person with PTSD is 14.9 times more likely to attempt suicide than those without it (source: http://www.mirecc.va.gov)

Here is a complete Frontline episode on this very issue, following the members of one particular company deployed to Afghanistan.

[Here’s] a startling statistic: Since the Iraq war began, a total of 18 soldiers from Fort Carson have been charged with or convicted of murder, manslaughter or attempted murder committed at home in the United States, and 36 have committed suicide.

Read more: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/

Just some food for thought on this Veteran’s Day.

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2 thoughts on “November 11th is Veteran’s Day

  1. Dana says:

    There is an ignorance in this country regarding Veterans – thank you for making the truth more visible

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    • I’m trying, Dana. The mental health of our veterans is something that is sadly overlooked, and the veterans are the ones paying the price. I’ve said this once before, but vets went overseas to fight a war for us in a foreign land to protect our way of life and came home to fight another of the mind and spirit; a fight too many of them are losing.

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