Two quotes from a Wall Street Journal article, courtesy of Ken Pope, on the depression, stress, and PTSD experienced by military personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan:
A Rand Corp. study released this month said 20% of the roughly 1.6 million military personnel who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan have symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. It found that half of the military personnel had friends who were seriously wounded or killed, while about 45% saw dead or wounded civilians.
Many members of the military community remain reluctant to request counseling, the report found. Almost 75% of the military personnel felt that seeking help would harm their careers, while 66% of the military spouses worried that looking for assistance for their own issues would harm their loved ones’ chances of promotion.
Kalea Chapman, Psy.D.