Data from phone survey of app. 2000 OIF OEF service members and veterans
The National Center on PTSD reports that 40% of those who've fought in Afghanistan or Iraq have or will acquire this disorder. These rates have already eclipsed the 30% lifetime rate of Vietnam vets. The rise is attributed to longer, more frequent combat tours nearly 96% survival rate of seriously injured combatants due to advances in battlefield medicine Protective gear, kevlar, advances in (preserves life, but does not negate internal injuries)
PTSD is associated with higher levels of anger/ hostility (see Orth & Wieland, 2006) Anger/ hostility more associated with PTSD in samples of combat veterans than in other trauma exposed samples Veterans with PTSD respond with more hostility in non-provoking IP interactions Veterans with PTSD experience more anger in response to trauma cues (Pitman, et al., 1987; Taft et al., 2006) Most clients will say they are numb and feel nothing except for anger.
Divorce (two times greater with PTSD) 3 times more likely to divorce two or more times More family violence, more physical and verbal aggression, violence against partner Indirect impact of trauma on those in close contact with trauma victim Greater likelihood of developing own mental health problems Difficulty coping with partner’s symptoms, stress because of unmet needs, experiences of physical and emotional violence Could be because of close contact with PTSD partner or the own trauma reaction to having a PTSD partner or previous trauma
So you can see why TBI is so hard to assess!
PTSD patients 6 times more likely to attempt suicide than the general population PTSD has higher risk of increased number of suicide attempts than all other anxiety disorders 19% of patients with PTSD will attempt suicide (1 in 5!!) Keep in mind, almost all veterans have access to weapons.
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Boots to Books: Best Practices for Administering Veteran’s Benefits Scholarships & Financial Aid Texas A&M University
Texas A&M University has always had a strong military presence and is steeped in military history. Currently we serve over 1000 students using benefits including veterans, military, and dependents. We are committed to providing the best educational services to these students and are a proud member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) to demonstrate this commitment.
From 2005-2007 the suicide rate among 18-29 year-old male veterans jumped 26% (Veterans Affairs Department)
Of the 30,000 Americans who take their lives each year, 6,000 are veterans (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Eric Shinseki)
In 2009 the suicide rate in all four military branches was higher than the overall national average (52 Marines, 48 sailors and 41 airmen took their lives) (Lisa Black and Stacy St. Clair, Chicago Tribune )
Tuition & (mandatory) fees paid directly to school
Monthly housing allowance paid to the student based on the BAH(basic allowance for housing) for an E-5 with dependents and on the ZIP code of the location of the school the beneficiary is attending ($1047.00 for BCS). Active duty not eligible .
Annual book stipend of $1,000 paid proportionately based on enrollment up to 24 credits per year ($41.67 per credit hour). Active duty not eligible .
The Troops to College Committee was formed in December 2008 as part of Project Military Friendly within the Texas A&M University System. This group was formed to address veterans’ issues on campus and to take up initiatives brought forth by the committee, students, academic community, and local community to help Texas A&M University honor our military heritage and to do all we can to be Military Friendly .