Many Americans are eager to serve their country during times of war, but they do not anticipate developing a depressive disorder or traumatic brain injury (TBI). A number of veterans often develop these conditions, and others such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as a result of engaging in combat.
Now, President Obama is working to provide more help to these individuals, according to NextGov. The 2012 fiscal budget proposal that was recently announced includes $7.2 billion to be used to treat the “invisible wounds” of war. These conditions include TBI and PTSD, which effect millions of veterans every year.
The Veterans Affairs Department says that it will spend $6 billion in 2012 to enhance care for individuals with PTSD, TBI and other mental illnesses related to warfare. This is a 14 percent increase from the budget that the Veterans Affairs Department planned to spend in 2011.
More than 7 million Americans suffer from PTSD every year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Although there is no definitive treatment for the condition, medication and counseling can help those who have suffered trauma.