PTSD in veterans is more common than in the general population. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, the percentage of veterans living with PTSD varies by service era.
- Operations Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Enduring Freedom (OEF): About 11-20 out of every 100 Veterans (or between 11-20%) who served in OIF or OEF have PTSD in a given year.
- Gulf War (Desert Storm): About 12 out of every 100 Gulf War Veterans (or 12%) have PTSD in a given year.
- Vietnam War: It is estimated that about 30 out of every 100 (or 30%) of Vietnam Veterans have had PTSD in their lifetime.
How do you get help if you suffer from PTSD?
From the National Center for PTSD
PTSD Care for Everyone
- Finding a Therapist
Information, phone numbers and websites to help locate care for PTSD.
- Help for Family and Friends | Asistencia para Familiares y Amigos
Learn about resources to help you take care of yourself while supporting someone with PTSD.
PTSD Care for Veterans, Military, and Families
- See Help for Veterans with PTSD to learn how to enroll for VA health care and get an assessment.
- All VA Medical Centers provide PTSD care, as well as many VA clinics.
Some VA’s have programs specializing in PTSD treatment. Use the VA PTSD Program Locator to find a PTSD program.
- If you are a war Veteran, find a Vet Center to help with the transition from military to civilian life.
- Call the 24/7 Veteran Combat Call Center 1-877-WAR-VETS (1-877-927-8387) to talk to another combat Veteran.
- DoD’s Defense Centers of Excellence (DCoE) 24/7 Outreach Center for Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury provides information and helps locate resources.
Call 1-866-966-1020 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Military OneSource
Call 24/7 for counseling and many resources 1-800-342-9647.
- Need further assistance? Get Help with VA PTSD Care, Benefits, or Claims.