35% of Iraq Vets Diagnosed With Mental Problems
More disheartening news. One third of Iraq War vets have sought medical treatment, and more than a third of those treated had mental issues. Add to that the hurdles and complications veterans must endure to find adequate treatment, and the situation looks increasingly bleak for wounded servicemembers:
"Of the mere 5% of troops still desperate enough to vault these hurdles and acknowledge potential symptoms of post-traumatic stress (PTSD), 78% are denied further mental health evaluation after being eyeballed by… just about anyone. As Paul Reickhoff, Executive Director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) and an Iraq veteran explained, "The form went to me and I passed it up to my commander. Essentially, you're asking a group of people who have been in exactly the same situation, and who have no mental health training or background, to evaluate other people."
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