Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ( Ptsd )

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Justin Terhune
English Composition
Instructor Coleman
30th June 2015

#22 a day

2015Across the US, it is estimated that 22 veterans commit suicide a day. This is a shocking and disturbing number. And what is even more alarming is that this statistic doesn’t include active-duty members. Between January and March of this year 75 active-duty Soldiers have taken their own life. These numbers are from the Pentagon’s quarterly Suicide Event Report. Veterans are returning from an active combat theater and taking their own lives at an alarming rate.
Why are so many soldiers committing suicide? There is no real definitive answer on why there has been such a spike in soldier’s suicide. The Pentagon believes that one underlining factor is PTSD, in conjunction to having experienced a TBI.
PTSD is an acronym for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and TBI is Traumatic Brain Injury. PTSD has only been accepted and researched in depth for the past thirty years. It came to light five years after the last American boot was withdrawn from Vietnam.
During the Vietnam-era, the doctors and their staff were unprepared for the influx of veterans returning from an active theater. They never took an account of their combat experience when the veteran was hospitalized, they didn’t do it for the WWII, or Korean War vets either. A lot of the Psychology and Psychiatric trainees were drafted for the war as well.
While the PTSD diagnostic was still in the infancy stages, there really
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