Why are there more cases of PTSD in present day veterans than there were in Vietnam and the wars before it?

Wonderful answer to a difficult question. This blogger explained PTSD and Veterans in a clear and precise way. I’ve often asked this question myself of PTSD present day vs. Vietnam wars.

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My answer to Why are there more cases of PTSD in present day veterans than there were in Vietnam and the wars befor…

Answer by Ken Larson:

Identification of PTSD and treatment for it did not become available after the Vietnam war until the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. Even then the attitude of the military veteran about seeking help had not advanced to the point where it is today.

In 1968, I came home from serving two US Army tours in Vietnam, having been awarded five medals, including a Bronze Star. During my second tour I acquired Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Depression. Treatment would not become available for either ailment until the mid to late 70’s. Returning to the University of Minnesota at Morris, I found that most of my former classmates were either facing the military draft or were violently against the war. I was not…

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One thought on “Why are there more cases of PTSD in present day veterans than there were in Vietnam and the wars before it?

  1. nathaswami says:

    I believe that when the war is forced upon you (your nation) by a maniac like Hitler, you are fully involved in the war. So was the case with Kuwait. You justify your action. Hence no sense of guilt. It is not the case with Vietnam war or for that matter Iraq war.

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