Females in Combat
Army Recalling Troops to IraqWASHINGTON - A widely quoted estimate that almost one in three Vietnam veterans developed post-traumatic stress disorder was too high, says a re-analysis that puts the toll closer to one in five. Post-traumatic stress disorder now is understood to be triggered by a variety of traumatic experiences, not just combat, but medical authorities first accepted it as a psychiatric condition in 1980 at the urging of Vietnam veterans.
Then came the controversy over its prevalence. In the late 1980's, two government-funded studies issued vastly different estimates.
A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggested that 14.7 percent of veterans developed the disorder after serving in Vietnam and that 2.2 percent still had it at that time.
A second, the National Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Study, estimated that 30.9 percent of the veterans had developed the disorder and 15.2 percent of them were suffering it over a decade after the war.
Down Range - To Iraq and Back
by Bridget Cantrell, Ph.D. and Chuck Dean
Courage After Fire:
Coping Strategies for Returning Soldiers and Their Families (Paperback)
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