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WFRV News, June 15, 2011

PTSD incorrectly calculated among soldiers: Veteran’s Administration

The V.A. say the real number is closer to 800,000

Soldiers suffer from PTSD much higher in number than thought previously
WFRV News, Jun. 15, 2011: To date, the military has diagnosed 78,000 cases of PTSD, but the Veteran's Administration says that number is inaccurate. The V.A. say the real number is closer to 800,000.(Photo: http://activistnews.blogspot.com/2010/08/soldiers-with-ptsd-dismissed-told-they.html)

While the war rages on in Afghanistan the military continues to cope with a battle here at home, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

To date, the military has diagnosed 78,000 cases of PTSD, but the Veteran's Administration says that number is inaccurate.

The V.A. say the real number is closer to 800,000.

To catch up with numbers like that the Joint Chiefs of Staff recommend new programs to help both soldiers and their families.

"There's so many people out there who are missing out and it's hard because you don't want to see other people going through what you went through," said Katelyn Taylor, wife of soldier suffering from PTSD.

The Pentagon expects the number of soldiers battling PTSD to continue to climb.

The military's latest mental health survey of combat troops in Afghanistan found 20 percent, one in five, suffering from acute stress, depression or anxiety.

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