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Increase Awareness and Knowledge on PTSD in the Military

The early 1800's it was called "exhaustion."
From 1876 to WWI it was called "soldiers heart."
During WWI it was called "shell shock" and during WWII it was called "combat fatigue."

In 1980, it was given it's current name of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD.

What exactly PTSD is:
http://www.medicinenet.com/posttraumatic_stress_disorder/article.htm

http://www.ptsdmanual.com/

But no matter what word it has been given throughout history, the horrible effects it has on soldiers remain in many ways the same.

I made this cause for several reasons, the top reason being sickened by the way my country has treated this problem in recent years; especially now during the Afghanistan and Iraq war. I'm sure many of you who have joined feel the same exact way as I do.

One of the more recent studies finds 20% of veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq suffer from PTSD or depression. YET only half sought treatment. This is for a varied number of reasons.
http://articles.latimes.com/2008/apr/18/nation/na-stress18

Suicides among active-duty soldiers in 2007 reached their highest level since the army began keeping such records since 1980.

One hundred and twenty one soldiers took their lives in 2007, 20% more then in 2006 but it is 121 soldiers too many.

According to the U.S. Army Medical Command Suicide Prevention Action Plan, in 2007 about 2,100 soldiers injured themselves or attempted suicide, compared with about 350 in 2002.

The Army reached an all-time high of 17.5 suicides per 100,000 active-duty soldiers in 2006.

Another problem is soldiers who want to speak out about PTSD face the problem of repercussions from higher ups.

The report I mentioned earlier "recommends finding ways to allow service members to get mental healthcare “off the record” so that they would not have to disclose it to superior officers, unless it was those officers who referred the service member for help."

"Since some soldiers and Marines fear that seeking treatment will prevent them from being redeployed with their unit, the study authors also recommend not basing fitness-for-duty reports on whether a service member has sought mental healthcare."

This problem can not be partly solved until it is brought full center, and our troops who need to be treated can be treated without punishment.

Finally, funding for a way to help treat soldiers with PTSD.

It is reported currently that it will cost at least $6.2 billion in the future to adequately pay for all these treatments concerning PTSD. That is just a mere drop in the bucket compared to what the Afghanistan/Iraq wars and the Financial bailouts have cost us in monetary value alone.

There should be no price tag put on the amount of money needed to help our men and women who have served our country willfully and at the risk of losing their lives for their country while defending our freedoms.

Finally, I feel that this last link needs to be posted in the description. Perhaps if the treatment was available, these soldiers would still be alive today.

http://www.citypages.com/2008-03-26/feature/soldier-suicides-veterans-killing-themselves/1
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If you feel as strongly as I do about this cause or support it then feel welcome to invite your friends. The more awareness about this always growing problem, the better.

Also, if you have any media items you'd like to post in the correct section then feel free to or start a discussion on the board.

Any suggestions for the group are more then welcome. Feel free to send me a message if you have any.

Any stories you'd like to share are also welcome in a thread on the board or on the wall.

Finally, for any current or past veterans who have served our country; thank you.

Those two words cannot express the gratitude that many others and I have for what you've done for our country.