New Military Study Shows PTSD Cases Have Tripled


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STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV)-- A new military study, from the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center, found that about 3.5 percent of the military were being treated for mental health conditions in 2012. This may not sound like much, but consider that in the year 2000 that number was just 1 percent.

This study points to an increase in post-traumatic stress disorder and other problems after our country's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Experts have said it's also from the military's push to get more soldiers treated.

VFW Post 2216 commander Mac McCauley said he thinks people today are becoming more willing to admit when they need help, "We ignored it, we ignored it, we ignored it. But now it's coming full face and people are seeing we've got to deal with it. We have to recognize that there is no stigma for this. It can happen to anybody."

The post is hosting a PTSD and Suicide Prevention Forum for the fifth year in a row, which is scheduled for June 25 at 6:30 p.m.


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