June 27: PTSD Awareness Day
NOT ALL WOUNDS ARE VISIBLE.
Unsurprisingly, PTSD is very common in the military. More than a quarter of U.S. veterans who fought in the War on Terror were diagnosed and treated for the disorder by the Veterans Health Administration between the years 2004 and 2009 alone. Half of the suicides among active duty service members in 2010 were committed by those who fought in the War on Terror. The disorder is most prevalent among those who fought in the Vietnam War, with 30% of combat service veterans suffering from PTSD. In addition, 10% of Gulf War, 6-11% of Afghanistan and 12-20% of Iraq combatant service veterans were diagnosed with PTSD.