Count of Veteran Patients with PTSD from Iraq and Afghanistan Wars Hits Record High
Posted by defensebaseactcomp on March 2, 2011
An unknown number of these are contractors who are Veterans and are being denied PTSD screening, diagnoses, and treatment by CNA, AIG, ACE, Defense Base Act Insurance Companies. Some Contractors who are also Veterans qualify for limited help from the Veteran Administration.
VA Report Obtained by VCS Using FOIA Reveals 182,147 OEF/OIF Veterans Treated for PTSD
December 2010, Washington, DC – Veterans for Common Sense used the Freedom of Information Act to obtain the following VA report counting the number of Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans treated for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Please note the counts are seven months old.
Title: “VA Facility Specific Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) Veterans Coded with Potential PTSD through 4th Qtr FY 2010”
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has requested VA to enumerate the total number of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) Veterans who were diagnosed with PTSD by VISN and VAMC using VA inpatient and outpatient records. GAO also requested that this information be aggregated with Vet Center utilization data. VHA prepared an initial report in October 2004 for health care utilization during FY 2004. This current report covers VA health care data for FY 2002 through 4th Qtr FY 2010….
A query of VHA health care utilization databases using the August 2010 DMDC separation roster yielded a total of 167,295 OEF/OIF Veterans coded with PTSD at a VA medical center and 39,174 Veterans who received Vet Center service for PTSD. Of these, 142,973 were seen only at a VAMC, 14,852 only at a Vet Center, and 24,322 were seen at both facilities.
In summary, based on the electronic patient records available through September 30, 2010, a grand total of 182,147 OEF/OIF Veterans were seen for potential PTSD at VHA facilities following their return from Iraq or Afghanistan Theater