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Some statistics done by the RAND Corporation, a non-profit organization to "further promote scientific, educational, and charitable purposes, all for the public welfare and security of the United States of America". -at least 20% of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have PTSD and/or Depression. (Military counselors I have interviewed state that, in their opinion, the percentage of veterans with PTSD is much higher; the number climbs higher when combined with TBI.) -50% of those with PTSD do not seek treatment
-out of the half that seek treatment, only half of them get "minimally adequate" treatment (RAND study)
-19% of veterans may have traumatic brain injury (TBI)
-Over 260,000 veterans from OIF and OEF so far have been diagnosed with TBI. -recent statistical studies show that rates of veteran suicide are much higher than previously thought, as much as five to eight thousand a year (22 a day)
-PTSD distribution between services for OND, OIF, and OEF: Army 67% of cases, Air Force 9%, Navy 11%, and Marines 13%.
-recent sample of 600 veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan found: 14% post-traumatic stress disorder; 39% alcohol abuse; 3% drug abuse. Major depression also a problem.
-More active duty personnel die by own hand than combat in 2012