With more American soldiers returning home from the current fights in the Middle East, the issue of veterans unable to transition back to civilian life has become a growing problem. The traumatic and brutal experiences of war linger with veterans long after their return to home and studies show that if left untreated the consequences can be disastrous. These mental and physical changes that occur as a result of service leave men and women struggling to re-connect with family, interact in social settings, and find unemployment in fields outside the military.
Statistics show that Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, also known as PTSD, is occurring more frequently in service people returning to civilian life. With one percent of the US population served in the armed forces, yet the veterans suicides account for 20 percent of all suicides in the United States. The Department of Defense task force final 2012 report showed that from 2005-2009 more than 1,100 service men and women committed suicide. Veterans now are demanding from the government more treatment options, more benefits and more assistance to aid their transition. They believe that their commitment to America and their sacrifices warrants more recognition and care then they are currently receiving, however instead they are redeployed some even 6-7 times to war zones.
Many veterans are also joining advocacy groups to raise public awareness on their issues. In this edition of the show, Susan Modaress talks to members of some of these advocacy groups about their programs in place.