PTSD in Veterans: How Common Is It?

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When serving in the military, you may be exposed to warfare. You may have been on missions when you were subjected to gruesome and life-threatening situations. PTSD can develop as a result of such occurrences.

The number of Veterans suffering from PTSD varies according to service era:

Operations Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Enduring Freedom (OEF): In a given year, approximately 11-20 out of every 100 Veterans (or between 11-20 percent) who served in OIF or OEF have PTSD.

Gulf War (Desert Storm): In any given year, approximately 12 out of every 100 Gulf War Veterans (or 12 percent) suffer from PTSD.

Vietnam War: At the time of the most recent study in the late 1980s, the National Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Study, approximately 15 out of every 100 Vietnam Veterans (or 15% ) were currently diagnosed with PTSD (NVVRS). It is estimated that approximately 30 out of every 100 (or 30 percent) of Vietnam Veterans have experienced PTSD at some point in their lives.

Military sexual trauma can also be a cause of PTSD in the military (MST). This includes any sexual harassment or assault that occurs while you are serving in the military. MST can occur in both men and women and can occur during times of peace, training, or war.

About: Among Veterans who use VA health care, approximately:

When in the military, 23 out of 100 women (or 23% ) reported sexual assault.
In the military, 55 out of 100 women (or 55% ) and 38 out of 100 men (or 38% ) have experienced sexual harassment.
Male Veterans outnumber female Veterans by a large margin. So, despite the fact that female Veterans are more likely to experience military sexual trauma, men account for more than half of all Veterans who have experienced military sexual trauma.

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