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September 27, 2010

Virginia Tech Find 66% Depression Rate Among Veterans

Full Article at: Exclusive: Virginia veteran report shows high depression rate

By Nick Carey and Murray Waas

CHICAGO/WASHINGTON | Mon Sep 27, 2010 1:35am EDT

CHICAGO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – “More than one in four U.S. veterans of the Iraq and Afghan wars in the state of Virginia say they have suffered a service-related head injury and two thirds reported depression, according to a report by Virginia Tech to be released on Tuesday.

The real numbers may be much higher, according to Mary Beth Dunkenberger, senior program director at the Institute for Policy and Governance at Virginia Tech and author of the report.

In focus groups many veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan said they were afraid to admit to suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) during demobilization because it would keep them from their families and hurt their careers, she told Reuters.”

“The report was compiled for the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program, which is operated by the Virginia Department of Veterans Services, and was provided in advance to Reuters. It found that 66 percent of veterans of these two wars reported suffering from some form of depression, second only to Vietnam veterans. Ten percent cited a high level of depression.”

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