The Department of Veterans Affairs and advocates set aside the month of June to raise awareness about PTSD, or posttraumatic stress disorder.
The scope of PTSD continues expanding. As of March 2012, VA reports more than 228,000 Iraq and Afghanistan war Veterans were diagnosed by VA mental health professionals with PTSD (the count excludes Veterans treated at non-VA medical facilities). Every month, nearly 5,000 new war Veterans diagnosed with PTSD are treated at VA hospitals for the first time, showing anti-stigma efforts are working.
PTSD is real, and the diagnosis is based on decades of scientific research. The issue of PTSD remains important because untreated PTSD often leads to other, more serious problems, such as: broken families, lost jobs, drug and alcohol abuse, homelessness, and suicide. Last month, one active duty service member completed suicide every day.
Bergmann & Moore encourages you to read and share these PTSD resources:
- VA experts prepared education materials, including, What is PTSD?
- Although PTSD often associated with Veterans, PTSD affects 1 in 29 Americans.
- Veterans who earned the Medal of Honor encourage our Veterans to seek mental healthcare when needed.
- President Barack Obama fights stigma by encouraging our Veterans to seek care for PTSD.
- The Department of Labor has a web site educating employers about hiring Veterans diagnosed with PTSD, America’s Heroes at Work.
- If you know a Veteran in crisis or considering suicide, you can refer him or her to VA’s Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255.
- VA and private practitioners now provide many new alternative treatments for PTSD.
- For Veterans concerned about waiting for treatment, VA is hiring more mental healthcare providers.
Has your VA PTSD claim been denied? Bergmann & Moore is here to help. We concentrate on Veterans law, and have helped thousands of Veterans and their families gain the VA benefits they are entitled to. Getting a claim through VA is a time-consuming and confusing process, but it is our focus.
Bergmann & Moore offers a free legal consultation concerning your VA disability claim for PTSD. We gladly welcome all types of claims, including PTSD, military sexual trauma (MST) cases, and unemployability.
“In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.” ~ Jose Narosky.