In 2005, more than $4.3 billion went to veterans who needed care for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to Medicine Net, a medical resource site. Rehabilitation facilities can help individuals who are suffering from the condition, but a number of veterans are still undiagnosed.
Jeff Hanks is one example of a soldier who served in Afghanistan and now suffers from PTSD, according to Truth Out, a human rights news site. He refused to board a plane to Kuwait, claiming that he was not mentally fit to continue serving. The military then considered him AWOL.
Originally, Hanks sought treatment for PTSD during his last leave, but was not able to complete it before being deployed again. Officials claimed he had medical clearance and sent him back to Afghanistan.
“My goal in this situation is to simply heal,” Hanks told the news source. “And they wonder why there are so many suicides.”
Currently, Hanks is seeking treatment after being diagnosed with severe PTSD by two medical professionals. He is one of nearly 7 million Americans who are suffering with PTSD, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Rehabilitation facilities can help people with PTSD manage the condition over time.