According to the US Department of Veteran Affairs, the PTSD numbers are alarming. The prevalence of combat-related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) among Veterans depends on which conflict a service member was involved with. Here are some stats:
• About 11 to 20 out of every 100 veterans (or between 11% and 20%) who served in operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom have PTSD each year.
• About 12 out of every 100 Gulf War Veterans (or 12%) have PTSD each year.
• About 15 out of every 100 Vietnam veterans (15%) were currently diagnosed with PTSD when the most recent study of them (the National Vietnam Veteran Readjustment Study) was conducted in the late 1980s. It’s believed that 30% of Vietnam veterans have had PTSD in their lifetime.
When Brian Reese returned from active duty in the air force he found himself lost in the overwhelming world of VA benefits – suffered from PTSD among other things – and, long story short he wanted to help his veteran brothers and sisters avoid what he went through, so he started a business in Austin called VA Claims Insider and recently released a book called You Deserve It: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Veteran Benefits You’ve Earned. He made this his 24/7 mission.