How common is post-traumatic stress disorder in veterans?

You just returned to your home in Omaha after fighting for our country overseas. It seems like nothing changed while you were gone. The Old Market, Henry Doorly Zoo, and even Memorial Stadium all seem the same. You, however, are different now.

You suffer the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on a daily basis. The flashbacks that cause your heart to race, the nightmares that make you avoid sleeping, the terrifying thoughts that have you afraid to leave your home—they are all preventing you from living the life you had before you went into combat.

You Are Not Alone

Your family doesn’t understand why you have become this different person. Even some soldiers who fought alongside you don’t get why you are reacting this way. Because those you are closest with don’t relate to what you are experiencing, you may feel alone. However, you are far from the only person who is dealing with this anxiety disorder. Here, we take a look at just how often returning soldiers suffer from PTSD:

  • Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2008, the RAND Corporation and the Center for Military Health Research examined the prevalence of PTSD among previously deployed Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom service members. Among the 1,938 soldiers studied, 13 percent had suffered from PTSD.
  • Gulf War. A population-based sample of 11,441 Gulf War veterans was studied from 1995 to 1997. Among them, the prevalence of PTSD was 12.1 percent.
  • Vietnam War. Of the 3,016 veterans who were studied from the Vietnam War era, the estimate lifetime prevalence of PTSD was 30.9 percent of men and 26.9 percent for females.

We May Be Able to Help You

After all you have done for us, we want to return the favor and help you receive the veterans’ disability benefits you may be entitled to. Contact the attorneys of Cuddigan Law today to find out how we may be able to help.

 

Sean D. Cuddigan
SSA and VA Disability Attorney in Omaha, Nebraska