More than 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 people who need assistance have yet to be diagnosed.
In the case of Francisco Carrillo, an Army guardsman, he was denied care because he was unable to prove that he had PTSD. Carrillo returned from Iraq in 2005 after facing extreme emotional turmoil, according to the Army Times. However, the Madigan Army Medical Center claimed Carrillo had lied on his Fit for Duty Evaluation test to collect medical benefits.
“I was surprised when I heard [Carrillo] got denied,” retired Sargent Norman Valdez told the news source. “I have it and a lot of the soldiers working under me have it.”
The Pentagon is currently working to reduce the stigma that comes with PTSD. Carrillo is under the assumption that the Army was attempting to save money by denying him care for the condition.
More than 7 million Americans suffer from PTSD every year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. The government is loosening the requirements for soldiers with PTSD to qualify for care. Rehabilitation facilities can help individuals cope with the condition.