CommunityOfVeterans.org – “Alone”

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

BACKGROUND AND CAMPAIGN OBJECTIVES

The mental health consequences of combat threaten to overwhelm a new generation of veterans. There are 1.7 million men and women who have served, or are currently serving, in Iraq and Afghanistan. About one third of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans struggle with serious mental health issues, ranging from depression to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), as a result of their service.

Untreated, these conditions can cause or aggravate other debilitating problems in the veterans' community including high rates of unemployment, suicide, homelessness, substance abuse, divorce, and child abuse. Additionally, according to the U.S. Department of Defense, more than 230 active soldiers, airmen and Marines committed suicide last year, which is the highest military suicide statistic in nearly 30 years. Many avoid seeking help because of the stigmas around seeking treatment or being diagnosed with a mental illness.