In the Washington PRNewswire on Dec. 28, The Veterans Administration announced the completion of a landmark, VA-funded study on the readjustment problems of Vietnam veterans. Mandated by Congress in 1983 and initiated in 1984, the study is the first of its kind to examine the post-war readjustment problems among Vietnam-era veterans of all branches of the military—male and female—on a nationwide basis. The four-year study was conducted under a VA contract by The four-year, Veterans Administration funded study, mandated by Congress and conducted by the Research Triangle Institute, was designed to provide information about the incidence, prevalence and effects on PTSD and related post-war psychological problems among Vietnam Veterans.
This was the largest nationwide study on readjustment problems of Vietnam Veterans revealed an alarming number of veterans currently suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Here are some of its findings:
(1) More than 8.5 million individuals served in the U.S. Armed Forces during the Vietnam era.
(2) Over 40 million Americans, nearly 20% of our population, have a distinct, direct personal link to a Vietnam Era Vet.
(3) 15.2% or 479,000 male Vietnam Veterans have been diagnosed as suffering from PTSD.
(4) 11.1% currently suffer from a partial PTSD disability.
(5) 30% of all male Vietnam Veterans have had PTSD at some point in their lives.
(6) During the course of their lives, more than half of all Vietnam Veterans will have had PTSD.
(7) The suicide rate of Vietnam era vets is 86% higher than their peer group.
(8) 70% of fatal, one-car accidents have been Vietnam Veterans.
(9) The Vietnam Vets' divorce rate is double the national average.