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The War Within - Removing Misconceptions
An article on War-Related PTSD and our returning Veterans
by Erin Murphy, DBE Solutions

January 10, 2012

On September 11, 2001, America was attacked on our own soil. The horror of this event hit every American right in the heart. It was the first time for many to feel scared. Afraid to fly, afraid to go to crowded events, and afraid to be caught off-guard again. Ten years later we are still trying to recover from this horrible event - the fear still remains.

Unlike the attack on the World Trade Center in 1993, the attack in 2001 resulted in over 3,000 civilian lives lost. It wasn't until 2001 that America re-realized our own vulnerability - and for this current population - our innocence was lost. As a nation - we were now familiar with "Terrible Knowledge". It was a collective loss.

In an amazing show of strength and courage, our young men and women joined the armed-forces to be a part of taking-back-America! Families were separated as our military deployed to parts of the world far from home. A volunteer military, full of patriots wanting to be a part of the machine that settled the score to preserve our beautiful country and its Constitution. We were all behind our Troops. We were proud that our military was strong! We were proud to be American!

Not long after going to war with Afghanistan - in 2003, we went to war with Iraq.

Slowly, the resolve of America was falling. We were going into a recession. People were losing jobs, families were losing their homes and we had the highest number in history of Wounded Veterans returning home from the wars.

The reason we have so many wounded is because of the amount of survivors. The decrease in fatalities is secondary to medical advancements. Therefore, there are more wounded soldiers coming home. We must also consider that the equipment used is superior to previous wars.

* The following Statistic Links are designed to show the reduction in fatalities as modern medicine develop new ways to save lives on the battle field.

- At least 618,000 Americans died in the Civil War, and some experts say the toll reached 700,000: http://www.civilwarhome.com/casualties.htm

- WW2 started in 1939. The U.S. joined in 1941. When the war ended in 1945, roughly 416,800 American military personnel had lost their lives: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_many_US_soldiers
_died_in_World_War_2


- The War in Vietnam took approximately 58,178: http://thewall-usa.com/summary.asp

- 6,323 U.S. service members have died in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom: http://apps.washingtonpost.com/national/fallen/

* This is a demographic study related specifically to the U.S. Military. Any other specific groups and break-downs were not studied. This is not a scientific conclusion. It is designed to show the trend regarding the reduction in fatalities as medical advancements are made.

The War Within - Removing Misconceptions 2012 addresses the issues of War-related PTSD in hopes of removing the misconceptions that surround PTSD, the symptoms and the treatment, and hopefully provide the needed information for those who are seeking help.

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, an estimated 18 Veterans take their own lives every day, a problem military officials continue to address http://www.jcs.mil/newsarticle.aspx?id=767; and, among the homeless population, approximately 14% of adult males and 2% of adult females were Veterans http://www.va.gov/HOMELESS/docs/Center/Prevalence_Final.pdf?

This means that currently the suicide estimates average about 6570 Veterans each year. Those lost in Afg/Iraq = 6,323 (presently, suicides seem to be higher each year than those lost in the two present [Afg/Iraq] wars.).

Some basic facts about Suicide in America:

Suicide is a major, preventable public health problem. In 2007, it was the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S., accounting for 34,598 deaths (Revealing that approximately 18% of all suicide deaths in the U.S. are Veterans). The overall rate was 11.3 suicide deaths per 100,000 people. An estimated 11 attempted suicides occur per every suicide death: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/suicide-in-the-us-statistics-and-prevention/index.shtml

What is PTSD? Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

As defined by WebMD.com, "Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), once called shell shock or battle fatigue syndrome, is a serious condition that can develop after a person has experienced or witnessed a traumatic or terrifying event in which serious physical harm occurred or was threatened. PTSD is a lasting consequence of traumatic ordeals that cause intense fear, helplessness, or horror, such as a sexual or physical assault, the unexpected death of a loved one, an accident, war, or natural disaster. Families of victims can also develop post-traumatic stress disorder, as can emergency personnel and rescue workers.": http://www.webmd.com/anxiety-panic/guide/post-traumatic-stress-disorder

What can you do?

Prevention is the Best Medicine and Knowledge is Power. Arm yourself with information and pass it along. Many times it is left up to family and friends to identify when there is a problem. A good place to start is to find resources that are available. The following is a list of resources available immediately and online:

Department of Veterans Affairs
Suicide Prevention Mental Health Home
http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/suicide_prevention/

Department of Veterans Affairs
Mental Health Home
http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/

Confidential Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 [press 1]
Confidential Online Chat
http://www.veteranscrisisline.net/Default.aspx

If you or a Veteran you know is in crisis, find a facility near you.
http://www.veteranscrisisline.net/GetHelp/ResourceLocator.aspx

The National Suicide Prevention LifeLine 1-800-273-talk (8255)
http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

The National Center for PTSD Home
http://www.ptsd.va.gov/

Department of Veterans Affairs
Resources for Homeless or At Risk Veterans
http://www.va.gov/homeless/

You can Find U.S. Veterans Crisis Hotlink on Facebook and Join in the Discussions and get the Most Recent Information and Daily Updates.
http://www.facebook.com/veteranscrisishotlink

Remember, they answered the call to duty - it is our turn to answer the call for help . . .

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About the author:
Erin Murphy is the daughter of a Veteran and the mother of 2 Veterans. To contact Erin Murphy click here or goto DBE Solutions to learn more.




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