A new report from the Congressional Research Service shows nearly 400,000 cases of military PTSD and TBI since 2001. There were more than 130,000 new cases of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and more than 253,000 new cases of traumatic brain injury (TBI), in the past 12 years. Approximately 50,540 troops have been wounded since 2001, although this figure does not include those suffering from head injuries or TBI.
The majority of those that have been diagnosed with TBI have either mild or moderate injuries, although even mild TBI results in disorientation for less than 24 hours or loss of consciousness for a half-hour. Even more startling is that the numbers reported here are almost certainly low. This is because many vets suffering from PTSD have not yet been formally diagnosed with the condition.
MORE INFORMATION ON MILITARY PTSD AND TBI
- Veterans Traumatic Brain Injury Compensation
Traumatic brain injuries can range from mild to severe. If you believe you may have received this kind of damage during your time in military service, the best way to tell is to look at the symptoms.
- PTSD Veterans Disability Claims
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD is not only a signature injury of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan but is a signature injury in every war.
- Symptoms of PTSD
PTSD symptoms usually start soon after the traumatic event, but they may not happen until months or years later. There are four types of symptoms: reliving the event, avoidance, numbing, and feeling keyed up.
- Relaxed Rules for PTSD Claims
New rules make the VA disability claims process quicker and easier for veterans who are experiencing PTSD.