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Update: VA Releases New Iraq and Afghanistan War Healthcare and Claim Reports

1,000,000 New Patients Plus 941,000 Disability Claims.

This month, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released updated information about disability claim activity and healthcare use among Iraq and Afghanistan War Veterans deployed since 9/11. The information contains key information about posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) diagnoses and claims.

The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) reports cover Veterans deployed in support of the Global War on Terror (GWOT), including Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation New Dawn (OIF, OEF, and OND).

Official VA Statistics:

  • 1,899,701 Veterans who deployed to the war zones were discharged from military and are now eligible for VHA medical care and VBA disability compensation.
  • 998,004 Veteran patients were treated and diagnosed by VHA with at least one condition (58% of the eligible Veterans).
  • 326,225 Veterans were diagnosed by VHA with PTSD (33% of the patients treated by VA).
  • 940,503 Veterans filed VBA disability claims (50% of the eligible Veterans).
  • 223,485 Veterans’ claims for PTSD were approved by VBA (24% of claims filed, and 69% of the Veterans diagnosed by VHA with PTSD).

Sources: 

  • VHA Healthcare: “Analysis of VA Health Care Utilization among Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), and Operation New Dawn (OND) Veterans
  • Cumulative from 1st Qtr FY 2002 through 4th Qtr FY 2013 (October 1, 2001 – September 30, 2013).”
  • VHA PTSD: “Report on VA Facility Specific Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), and Operation New Dawn (OND) Veterans Diagnosed with Potential or Provisional PTSD, Cumulative from 1st Qtr FY 2002 through 4th Qtr FY 2013 (October 1, 2001 – September 30, 2013).”
  • VBA Claims: “VA Benefits Activity, Veterans Deployed to the Global War on Terror, VBA Data Through Dec 2013, DMDC Data Through Oct 2013.”

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