Vietnam vets suicide rate is projected at 150,000 in total. For this statement to be perceived as true fourteen vets would have commit suicide every day for 30 years. There is a lot of speculation on the total for the count, 69% of all vet related suicides were in the 50 years and older percentile. The VA’s count for vets now is 22 suicides a day which would be 1 per 65 minutes. PTSD is also another common problem among vets between 10-31% have experienced lifetime PTSD. The Diagnosis of PTSD wasn’t recognized till a while after the war. Along with PTSD, depression, alcohol dependence and anxiety are common problems among vets. The returned vets faced negative stigma from the public which caused many to not reach out for help for the fear of being labeled. Readjustment was another issue from adjusting from combat to civilian life. Attempting to switch the mindset of war into normal functioning. Many struggled with finding appropriate work that fit post war life. This did not just effect the vets it effected their families as well, feeling the war stole their loved one. Many factors can contribute to PTSD they are separated into 3 categories prewar, during and post war. Some prewar factors can include depression, ethnicity, traumatizing childhood events, the family’s financial status. During war factors are levels of war exposure, traumatic injuries and depression. Post war factors include readjustment, depression, and trauma. These issues are more widely recognized and more programs are offered to help prevent suicides.
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