Dealing With PTSD

but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord. ESV – Jeremiah 9:24

Dealing with PTSD

Since the war in Iraq and Afghanistan started, the number of Veterans with diagnosed PTSD is increasing and still many more undiagnosed. The horrors of what they were exposed to are incomparable to other trauma reported with The Department of Veterans (VA). The Veterans were trained to fight, however, nothing could prepare them for the horrors of war. Just recently, PTSD has been considered a mental illness and is treatable just as any other service-connected injury would be. There is no difference between the Veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and those from previous wars, except now Veterans can receive compensation and be treated for it at VA hospitals.

The US military entered a new kind of war: a faceless war. For the first time in US history, the enemy involves innocent lives for protection and hide in urban settings. Unlike the Taliban, the US military face and fight them. However, it has done so at a great cost. “Since October 2001, approximately 1.64 million U.S. troops have deployed as part of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF; Afghanistan) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF; Iraq).”[1] Casualties of war no longer lay lifeless on the battlefield, but instead exist with symptoms of posttraumatic stress. As many that have been diagnosed, there is a greater number go undiagnosed. It has been estimated that “…approximately 300,000 individuals currently suffer from PTSD or major depression and that 320,000 Veterans report having experienced a probable TBI during deployment.”[2] However, the undiagnosed number is much higher. With that in mind, the VA and other organizations are committed to lowering that number and help Veterans fight a new enemy called PTSD.

We need to understand that God says I am the Lord who demonstrates unfailing love. Regardless of the circumstance, God’s love will get you through it.

[1] Terri Tanielian, Lisa H. Jaycox, Terry L. Schell, Grant N. Marshall, M. Audrey Burnam, Christine Eibner, Benjamin R. Karney, Lisa S. Meredith, Jeanne S. Ringel and Mary E. Vaiana. Invisible Wounds of War: Summary and Recommendations for Addressing Psychological and Cognitive Injuries. (Santa Monica, CA: RAND) Corporation, 2008): 1. http://www.rand.org/pubs/monographs/MG720z

[2] Ibid., 12.

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