According to VeteransandPTSD.com, “at least 20% of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have PTSD and/or Depression,” and “other accepted studies have found a PTSD prevalence of 14%.”
Regardless of the numbers, it’s clear that mental illness, depression and hopelessness affect nearly a quarter of the U.S. military men and women who have dedicated their lives, time and energy to protecting us here at home.
If you’re just back from a tour of duty, and are experiencing feelings like these for the first time, you’re probably a little unsure and afraid. First, know that you are not alone in what you are experiencing. Returning home after being in a war zone for months or even years takes a toll. It doesn’t mean you are weak, it doesn’t mean you’re a failure, and it certainly doesn’t mean you are or were a bad soldier. If anything, these feelings serve to remind us that we are human, and participating in defense of your country is no easy feat.
Here at the Veterans Restorative Care Center, we’re dedicated to helping military veterans and their families through difficult times just like these. Our support network is here to provide for you and assist during your darkest hours. Whether you require medical services, just want to spend some time talking to someone or are in need of psychological services, we’re here to help.
Hope exists, and we’ll see this through together.
All it takes is a phone call or e-mail. Just follow this link to get in touch with us.