At Veterans Victorious our goal is to see that no one gets left behind.
A Vietnam veteran, who has been home for years, wakes up in the middle of the night and cannot sleep without going out and walking the perimeter of his house, to make sure it is safe. When he does finally fall asleep, he sleeps with his revolver nearby. Another veteran has begun having panic attacks and flashbacks 20 years after the war. There is yet another veteran who has not been able to hold down a steady job since he came back from the war. And a young vet, recently home from Iraq, cries every day, but will not let his family get emotionally close or personal with him. Somewhere a 21 year old vet commits suicide while somewhere else a 55 year old vet struggles daily with the temptation.
When American forces went to war, irregardless of the war and the time, the individual members of those fighting units, not only offered their lives for their country, but also unknowingly, committed themselves to unseen forces that have continued to plague them long after the wars end. For many veterans, even though they have come back from the war, they have never come home. For them the battle still rages on. But this time it's a different battle. It's not fought in a desert or a jungle. It's not waged in foxholes or in the open plains. It's very real and continues to wound and claim the lives of thousands upon thousands of veterans. Like other battles this one too has a name. It's called PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).
The few instances listed at the top of this page are the tragic results of veterans battling the unseen forces of PTSD. Some fight it all their lives, a few win, but more lose. The major factor that determines the development of PTSD is the amount of exposure to combat or other life-threatening trauma. It is the traumatic experiences, not any weaknesses or defects in a person, that cause PTSD. Listed below are some of the primary PTSD responses or symptoms veterans can exhibit as a result of stress while on hardship tours and/or combat zones during times of war. See the Symptoms link at the top of the page for more.
- Sleep disturbances
- Problems with intimate relationships
- Suicidal feelings and thoughts
Did you know...
Veterans are more than twice as likely as non-veterans to commit suicide and the "Katz Suicide Study," dated February 21, 2008, found that suicide rates among veterans are approximately 3 times higher than in the general population.
The VA's own data indicate that an average of four to five veterans commit suicide each day.
A document from the VA Inspector General's Office, dated May 10, 2007, indicates that the suicide rate among individuals in the VA's care may be as high as 7.5 times the national average.
According to internal VA emails, there are approximately 1,000 suicide attempts per month among veterans seen in VA medical facilities.
The VA has hired suicide prevention counselors at each of its 153 medical centers to help support the national suicide prevention hotline.
Approximately 300,000 veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars - nearly 20% of the returning forces - are likely to suffer from either PTSD or major depression, and these numbers continue to climb.
An additional 320,000 of the returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan may have experienced traumatic brain injuries during deployment.
By fiscal year 2005, the VA's own statistics indicated that PTSD was the fourth most common service-related disability for service members receiving benefits.
As you can see PTSD is very real. That is why Veterans Victorious was established. Veterans Victorious is an all inclusive outreach to those men and women from all ranks and branches of service - Air Force, Army, Marines, Navy, US Coast Guard and Merchant Marine. We offer Hope, Help, and Healing to any veteran who may be battling PTSD. We are veterans helping veterans fight the war within. To learn more about Veterans Victorious click on the About Us link above or contact us at 217-223-1388 or 800-323-1388 for more information.