Up to 31 percent of soldiers returning from combat in Iraq experience depression or post-traumatic stress disorder that affects their jobs, relationships, or home life, according to a new study by Army researchers.
81 percent of Veterans suffering from depression and PTSD engaged in at least one violent act against their partner in the past year.
Active-duty female personnel make up roughly 14.5 percent -- or 207,308 members -- of the more than 1.4 million Armed Forces, according to the Department of Defense.
One in three military women has been sexually assaulted, compared to one in six civilian women, according to DoD
“Our military does an exceptional job of preparing soldiers, Marines, sailors and airmen for the fight – boot camp makes warriors of recruits – but we do little to ‘de-boot,’ to support that warrior and his or her family as he or she comes out of the extraordinary experience of having served in combat. A prosthetic leg, some physical therapy and a bottle of meds do not equal a homecoming plan.”
Nancy Berglass. America’s Duty: The Imperative of a New Approach to Warrior and Veteran Care. November 2010. Center for a New American Security.
3,300 Members of the Oklahoma National Guard have returned home from Afghanistan/Kuwait
See SVA Toolkit: www.vetfriendlytoolkit.org
In general, prepare and educate the community for veteran reintegration
“The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.”
President George Washington
Data from 2008 survey of active duty spouses, defense manpower data center (2009)
Military Culture: “Paint a Moving Train” (Kudlar)
For introduction to treatment of PTSD (Cognitive Processing Therapy):
“Psychological First Aid”
What we know about Army Families: 2007 update
VA recognizes two therapies with best evidence:
VA website for Cognitive Processing Therapy
VA website promoting Mobile App: PTSD Coach
Mobile App: PE Coach
Symptoms of Mild TBI
Cognitive Processing Therapy
“Honor is the antidote of shame”