Heal Them - Facts
- The number of disabled veterans is increasing; more than 20,000 veterans were wounded during service in Iraq and Afghanistan.
- Veterans are more than twice as likely as non-veterans to commit suicide. The "Katz Suicide Study," dated February 21, 2008, found that suicide rates among veterans are approximately 3 times higher than in the general population.
- Approximately 300,000 veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars—nearly 20% of the returning forces—are likely to suffer from either Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or major depression, and those numbers continue to climb.
- An additional 320,000 of the returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan may have experienced traumatic brain injuries during deployment.
- "A service member today also is more likely to be married—about 53% are husbands or wives—and more likely to be married to someone in the military than in 2000. During the past 10 years, the annual divorce rate among married active-duty enlisted personnel has also increased..."
- "...Veterans who suffer from PTSD are likely to experience 'difficulties maintaining emotional intimacy' and have a 'greater elevated risk of divorce.'"
For more information visit Defense.gov or Pew Research.