PTSD Suicide Crises Continue to Worsen
Posted by defensebaseactcomp on July 27, 2009
by Paul Sullivan
Veterans for Common Sense thanks VA and the New Jersey Star-Ledger for publishing new information about the very serious mental health crisis faced by our returning Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans. VCS has obtained even newer healthcare use and disability benefit statistics from VA using the Freedom of Information Act. The new VA data provides strong evidence that the mental health crisis among our returning Iraq and Afghanistan War Veterans continues to worsen far beyond what the University of California, San Francisco researchers found in their study using older data.
• Veterans: 981,834 (out of nearly two million deployed)
• Veterans Treated at VA Hospitals and Clinics: 425,538 (43.3% of veterans)
• Veterans Diagnosed by VA with Mental Health Condition: 193,879 (45.6% of veterans treated by VA)
• Veterans Diagnosed by VA with PTSD: 114,908 (27.0% of veterans treated by VA)
• Veterans Filing Disability Claims Against VA: 381,782 (38.9% of veterans)
• Veterans with Approved PTSD Claims: 53,079 (46.2% of veterans diagnosed by VA with PTSD)
If President Obama and Secretary Gates fail to address this issue immediately, then the PTSD and suicide epidemics will worsen. read full story here
If the Department of Labor does not address the continued denial of medical and disability benefits for years on end there will be much more blood on their hands and on AIG, CNA, and their lawyers hands.