PTSD, Veterans of War and a New Social Network
May 7, 2012 Leave a comment
As U.S. Veterans continue to return from foreign wars, they… we… as a society, still face challenges. Veterans face the daunting challenge of being re-acclimated to domestic life, finding work and managing accumulated health problems. Many veterans will have learn to manage post-trauma health effects, especially if diagnosed with “PTSD” or “post traumatic stress disorder”.
The probable healthcare cost of PTSD in dollars is staggering:.
“About 300,000 U.S. military personnel who have deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or major depression, a mental toll that will cost the nation as much as $6.2 billion over two years”
source By Ann Scott Tyson, Washington Post Staff Writer, Friday, April 18, 2008
The cost in human terms is enormous:
… analysis of claim records from the Department of Veterans Affairs found that vets’ psychological wounds are by far the most expensive type of disability. Compensating wartime veterans since Vietnam for PTSD and other mental conditions is four to five times costlier than the average for all disability categories, the Tribune found. Victims of PTSD also are more likely to suffer other serious and costly health problems than other disabled veterans. In short, they are sicker.[…]
source By Tim Jones and Jason Grotto, Tribune reporters
- Veterans are six times more likely to attempt suicide the general population and over three times more likely to use substance abuse. (source)
Already homeless plight amongst U.S veterans of foreign war.
“According to the National Coalition of Homeless Veterans it is estimated that there are 500,000 homeless veterans in the U.S. on any given night, or one-third of the entire homeless population.”
What is post traumatic stress disorder?
from Department of Veterans Affairs/ National Center for PTSD:
After a trauma or life-threatening event, it is common to have reactions such as upsetting memories of the event, increased jumpiness, or trouble sleeping.[…]. Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur after someone goes through a traumatic event like combat, assault, or disaster. Most people have some stress reactions after a trauma. If the reactions don’t go away over time or disrupt your life, you may have PTSD.
The web set may be a resource: http://www.ptsd.va.gov/
Support and a New Social Network
As a consumer of mental health management or mental wellness I can tell you, you cannot overvalue support groups. They are a great way to maintain or build a support system, make friendships, learn from experienced health managers, and talk. Fortunately, there is a new internet social network for returning veterans. The aim is support for returning veterans in finding & maintaining work; and connect with other vets; and sharing their new experiences.
The website was started by Dr. Paul MacDonald and Jonathon Lunardi, to fill an internet void.– veterans social network run by veterans. The site includes help in such topics as to How to conduct a job interviews and resume creating, groups and chat about health.
Its a great necessity as a culture that we provide for veterans of war. Creating resources like these on the web are a step for that.