Ptsd Effects On Veterans

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is very serious issue when it comes to war veterans. However it is abused by many people in an attempt to fraud the government for personal gain. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, is a psychiatric issue that can occur after an experience or seeing of a traumatic event, for example, military battle, catastrophes, terrorist episodes, genuine mishaps, or physical or rape in grown-up or youth. PTSD can affect most veterans in their everyday life after they come home from war. Most symptoms include nightmares, sudden alertness after a loud sound, depression, and the ability not to interact with people the same way.When in danger, it’s natural to feel afraid. This fear triggers many split-second changes in the body…show more content…
PTSD was first brought to public attention in relation to war veterans, but it can result from a variety of traumatic incidents, such as mugging, rape, torture, being kidnapped or held captive, child abuse, car accidents, train wrecks, plane crashes, bombings, or natural disasters such as floods or earthquakes. The numbers for veterans who come home with some type of PTSD have increased severely over the last fifty years. About twenty out of every one hundred Veterans who served in OIF or OEF have PTSD in a given year, and about twelve percent out of every Gulf War Veterans have PTSD in a given year, also about fifteen percent out of every Vietnam Veterans were currently diagnosed with PTSD at the time of the most recent study in the late 1980s, according to the National Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Study (NVVRS). It is estimated that about thirty percent of Vietnam Veterans have had PTSD in their lifetime. As disability awards have grown dramatically over the years, so have worries that numerous veterans may be misrepresenting or deceiving to win advantages. Depending on severity, veterans with PTSD can receive up to three thousand a month tax-free, making the disorder the biggest contributor to the growth of a disability…show more content…
Wallace 7 The benefits caseload grew, in part, because of a 2010 policy designed to encourage more veterans to file for claims related to posttraumatic stress disorder, a change that eliminated the requirement for proof of a traumatizing event. In the past ten years, the number of veterans receiving disability compensation for PTSD more than tripled, while recipients for mental disorders of all types more than doubled, the VA says. “When you’re doing that many cases, you can’t possibly go through them with any degree of comprehensiveness,” said Francis Gilbert, a psychologist who worked at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Medford, Ore., until 2011. Of the 919,500 disability applicants who had served in the military after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, eight hundred forty five thousand or nearly ninety two percent received compensation. When Dr. Gilbert’s office increased the number of VA examinations conducted each week as the caseload rose, he said he worked weekends to keep up without compromising quality. After taking early retirement three years ago, he said associates in the field have told him the problem has only

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