The statistics are staggering. Since October, 2001, approximately 2,050,000 U.S. troops have been deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq (respectively, OEF, OIF, OND [Operation New Dawn]) Nearly 7,000 American troops have been killed in combat Iraq and Afghanistan during the past decade. –More than 52,000 have been wounded in combat.
But what about the veterans who return home with a disabling injury?
- Only 1 in 28 wounds in battle result in death
- Survivors are likely to be more seriously disabled than in the past
- A reasonable and likely conservative estimate is that 40% of veterans are individuals with disabilities
The signature disabilities of these conflicts are traumatic brain injuries (TBI’s) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). While we may hear stories about the veterans who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan struggling with PTSD, the general public, and many veterans, lack an understanding about what PTSD actually is or what the signs are.