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High rate of PTSD in returning veterans

November 8, 2007

Corpus Callosum discusses a Medscape article on Iraq veterans and PTSD.  The trouble is, it isn’t one disorder, it’s [1*(number-of-solders-who-have-it)] disorders.  Treating it will be expensive, but so will not treating it.  There is no third option and no guarantee of success. 

The figures the committee came up with sound like a misprint, but so would the actual cost of the war had it been known when Rumsfeld and company were spewing promises about how brief and glorious it would all be.  Next time a politician tells you how much a war will “cost”, multiply their figure by ten just for starters.  It could be more and in this case, already is – and we’re just beginning to explore the aftermath.

Update:

  • AP: Study: Veterans make one in four homeless
    Some advocates say the early presence of veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan at shelters does not bode well for the future. It took roughly a decade for the lives of Vietnam veterans to unravel to the point that they started showing up among the homeless. Advocates worry that intense and repeated deployments leave newer veterans particularly vulnerable.

    “We’re going to be having a tsunami of them eventually because the mental health toll from this war is enormous,” said Daniel Tooth, director of veterans affairs for Lancaster County, Pa.

    Hey, stop worrying.  I’m sure it can all be fixed up with a nice parade.

Categories: defense, Politics
  1. November 8, 2007 at 12:12 | #1

    The only way to fix this problem is to stop voting neocons in office. They give money to wars, but not to vets.

  2. Mrs SEB
    November 8, 2007 at 14:28 | #2

    Advocates worry that intense and repeated deployments leave newer veterans particularly vulnerable.

    It’s a fact.  Shrub boy is doing as much damage to the US military structure and system as he has done and is still doing to the US civilian society.

    I do not know if we will truly go from bad to worse in the next election.  However, any change is welcome at this point, I think.  Regardless of possibly being stuck between a rock and a hard place.

  3. Ted
    November 8, 2007 at 21:48 | #3

    I have a “Support The Troops” magnetic sticker. Got it in a closeout bin for $.50 three years ago.

    It’s OK to tell a HS student not to drink, smoke, drop out or have kids prematurely; those kind of things will ruin your life. But don’t you dare tell them of the physical or mental hazards involved in joining the military.

    There is no third option and no guarantee of success.

    There’s a third option; it’s in your update.

  4. November 9, 2007 at 23:41 | #4

    I agree with Mrs. SEB.  Bush has taken the finest military in the world, treated it like dung, and perhaps even damaged it more than our enemies. But he’s all for parades, so he must be a patriot, right?

    It’s very alarming that PTSD is running that high in vets this early on, DOF. From what I understand, PTSD can set in as much as a decade after the events that cause it.  So, if it’s running high now, it’s likely to be even higher later.

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