This is a blog for the Mental Health Policy Class at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work.

February 12, 2007

The VA, Iraq and PTSD

The Department of Veterans Affairs is facing a wave of returning veterans who are struggling with memories of a war where it's hard to distinguish innocent civilians from enemy fighters -- and where the threat of suicide attacks and roadside bombs haunts the most routine mission.
Since 2001, about 1.4 million Americans have served in Iraq, Afghanistan or other locations in the global war on terror. The VA counts post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, as the most prevalent mental-health disorder -- and one of the top illnesses overall -- to emerge from the wars.

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