New York City is home to over between 200,000 veterans whom fought wars since Vietnam. The numbers have been increasing since the drawback of troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Programs that service our veterans have been granted by the Department of Veterans Affairs to assist veterans. Since the Wars began, issues arose in the veteran community like unemployment, mental health such as PTSD (post-traumatic stress disease), and veteran without a home. Throughout the five boroughs of New York City the issues can be seen and the problems found here are not because of the instability of the economy. It is because of the high cost of living and politics the City of New York.
One the problems facing veterans is the misconception to a large extent of mental health issues. The studies of post-traumatic stress disorder affects over 15 percent of veterans returning from the Middle East and another 16 percent are diagnosed with something called TBI (traumatic brain injury). Traumatic brain injury is usually cause by an IED (improvised explosive devices) during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom against foreign enemies. PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) is normally caused by traumatic events like war in veterans who can’t handle the stress of seeing someone shot, blown to pieces, and friends in their arms dying. Reports of veterans still experiencing some symptoms of PTSD from the Vietnam War and this issues is long term.
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