Honoring the Military on Memorial DayWhen someone leaves the military, the military doesn’t always necessarily leave them. After they’re discharged, veterans might struggle with physical injuries, trauma, and other conditions, sometimes for years. Unfortunately, such conditions are common. A study of more than 20,000 veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom (the Iraq War) and Operation Enduring Freedom (the War in Afghanistan) reported that 13.5 percent have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Other numbers are even more alarming. “It is estimated that about 30 out of every 100 (or 30%) of Vietnam veterans have had PTSD in their lifetime,” according to the National Center for PTSD at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Combat can cause PTSD, but so can other experiences that are related to military service. For example, among the women who used Veterans Affairs health services:
- 23 percent said that they experienced sexual assaults while they were in the military.
- 55 percent said that they “experienced sexual harassment when in the military,” according to the National Center for PTSD.
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