More Minority Vets Believed to Suffer Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
A 2008 RAND study indicates that about one in five Iraqand Afghanistanveterans suffer Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms or major depression. The increased rates for these veterans are believed to be associated with the multiple deployments of many soldiers, increasing the possibility of exposure to traumatic events.
The RAND study found that women and Hispanic service members, as well as enlisted personnel, were more likely to report that they suffer from PTSD symptoms or major depression. The study also noted, though, that combat trauma was the best predictor of these symptoms.
A report from 2007 appearing on the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) website indicated a higher prevalence of PTSD among minority Vietnam War veterans. The report cited a study from 1990 – the National Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Study – that indicated higher instances of PTSD at the time of the study: 28% for Hispanic vets and 21% for African American vets compared to 14% for Caucasian vets.
The reports indicate that minority soldiers, particularly Hispanics and African-Americans, may have experienced more instances of war trauma than Caucasian soldiers, which may put them at greater risk for PTSD. Further analysis found that the difference in the PTSD rates between Hispanic and Caucasian veterans did not change even after accounting for the greater amount of war stress experienced by Hispanics servicemembers.
Any veteran, regardless of ethnicity, may be eligible for veterans’ disability benefits when they have received a discharge other than dishonorable. Health conditions, mental or physical, that develop due to your military service may qualify for a disability rating and approval for veterans’ disability pay.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability representative from Disability Help Group is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today – 1-(800)-800-3332.