Veterans face tough road in battle against PTSD

By Staff Writer

Earlier this year, Veterans Affairs (VA) officials announced that they plan on clearing a backlog of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) claims by 2015. However, given the number of soldiers who continue to see trauma in the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, some have called this a daunting task.

CNN recently reported that the number of PTSD claims has increased by 125 percent since the VA started tracking coverage of the condition. The numbers first started increasing shortly after the Vietnam War. Continued military engagements have resulted in persistently high PTSD numbers.

However, the military is doing its part to address the problem. The news source reports that the VA recently launched a new system that will allow for the fast-tracking of claims. Additionally, a new web portal for submitting claims could speed up the process.

The VA estimates that anywhere from 11 to 20 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans saw trauma during their service that could result in PTSD. Additionally, as much as 30 percent of Vietnam War veterans may have the condition.