20%-30% Troops Suffer PTSD

July 11, 2011

It has been estimated that between 20%-30% of returning troops will suffer from PTSD.  As of our most recent data, approximately five hundred thousand (500,000) have served in the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars.  That translates , for those who don’t want to do the math 150,000 service men and women will come home with wounds and scars that can’t be seen, that are suffering from PTSD.

With PTSD comes spousal and child abuse, divorce, alcohol and drug addictions. Difficulty finding and keeping jobs, increased problems with the law.  Chronic illness and mental illness to spouses and a variety of other problems. 

Everyone quickly say that they want to support the returning troops and it is an easy thing to talk about.  PTSD is a serious issue and lip service will not solve this problem.  The word needs to be spread that PTSD is an issue that does not go away by itself and we at Military PTSD Forum are screaming and pleading for you to reach out to friends and families, anyone that you may know, who may have served and are suffering in silence. Spread the word that these people need to seek help.  The Social network is the ideal place to reach out to as many people as we can to get them to seek help for their potential PTSD and to not suffer in silence. 

For those with PTSD or who may also affected by someone who has PTSD (secondary PTSD) and who want to take just baby steps to try and find some relief, we would encourage that you start by telling your PTSD story at Military PTSD Forum.  It is only a small step toward your recovery but it is a step in the right direction.