A new study has found that more than 40 percent of U.S. soldiers returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who sought treatment from a Veterans Administration hospital suffer from a mental disorder or a related behavioral problem.  Thirty-seven per cent of the soldiers who sought treatment were diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, alcohol abuse or other mental health issues.

The Prison Coach team are all too familiar with the maladies that afflict this ill-forgotten population.  As result of serving in prolonged wars, many veterans return home, only to suffer in silence with some type of mental disorder.  Because of the stigma attached to mental illness, many veterans are hesitant to admit they have a mental health problem.  Only just recently, have the military and the federal government begun to take veterans’ mental health issues seriously.  Now, many are beginning to obtain the professional help they need.

Because it requires an increased allocation of resources for better detection and early intervention to prevent chronic mental illness among veterans, Prison Coach offers an array of (outreach?) services geared specifically toward military veterans ( and their families?).


Karen H. Seal, Thomas J. Metzler, Kristian S. Gima, Daniel Bertenthal, Shira Maguen, and Charles R. Marmar.  Trends and Risk Factors for Mental Health Diagnoses Among Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Using Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care, 2002–2008. American Journal of Public Health: September 2009, Vol. 99, No. 9, pp. 1651-1658.
doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2008.150284

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