For every soldier lost in combat, 3 more will go on to kill themselves. too many veterans return home often from high stakes, high stress combat situations and only to find themselves ignored, misunderstood, alienated and abandoned by their fellow Americans.
This is not a problem of money or of legislation but, rather, an issue of how we culturally approach (or ignore) the crisis. Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) has now reached its highest ever level among the 10% of all American forces who encounter combat. Unlike other countries (eg Israel, United Kingdom or Canada), where rates are less than half that of the US, it is estimated that more than 20% of American combat veterans are diagnosed with PTS. The person’s dilemma is less about battlefield trauma and more about re-entry into society.