VA Releases New Iraq and Afghanistan War Statistics

Reports Include Latest Numbers on Disability Claims and PTSD.  

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released new 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/OND).  Based on VHA reports, more than 11,000 new Veteran patients visit VHA medical facilities for the first time each month.

As of June 30, 2013, VHA reported:

  • 1,685,788 Veterans were discharged from military and eligible for VA medical care.
  • 965,741 Veteran patients were treated and diagnosed by VA with at least one condition (58% of the eligible Veterans).
  • 310,746 Veterans were diagnosed by VA with PTSD (32% of the patients)

As of July 2013, VBA reported:

  • 914,193 Veterans filed VA disability claims.
  • 200,394 Veterans’ claims were approved by VA for PTSD (22% of claims filed).
  • 64% of Veterans diagnosed by VHA doctors with PTSD were granted disability benefits by VBA claims processors.

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