Approximately 200,000 veterans received disability compensation for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in 2005, according to Medicine Net, a statistics site. Rehabilitation facilities can help individuals suffering from the condition, but many soldiers are being re-stationed without receiving the necessary treatment.
The Iraq Veterans Against the War group recently visited Fort Campbell to raise awareness of PTSD among soldiers, according to The Leaf-Chronicle. Their visit was a part of the Operation Recovery campaign, which made headlines on Veteran’s Day for sharing the story of Jeff Hanks. The former soldier stationed at Fort Campbell made the decision to go AWOL after being denied treatment for PTSD.
The Army is insisting that it is doing its part to recognize and treat the mental illnesses of soldiers. However, the anti-war group is still trying to raise awareness of the people who remain undiagnosed and suffering without treatment.
More than 7 million adults suffer from PTSD in the U.S. every year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Rehabilitation facilities can help individuals cope with the illness, but they must be willing to recognize the condition and seek treatment.