When soldiers return to the United States, they can find themselves facing a lot of roadblocks regarding restarting their careers. Sometimes, they do not have skills that translate well into the civilian world. Other times, they have just been out of the workforce for so long that they're not sure where to begin.
Have you ever wondered just how many people have served in the armed forces? You may be able to find data indicating how large the military is at any given time, but you're interested in the bigger picture. You want to know how many people have served in the past, as well.
Although we know more now than ever before about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, you could say that we are still very much in the early stages of understanding it. People only now really realize what is going on, how it can be a disability, and the type of assistance people need -- often, veterans of foreign wars -- to work through it.
War injuries can change you forever. The physical loss of a limb could make it impossible for you to work, for instance. A traumatic brain injury could change your personality. The post-traumatic stress you feel could stress you out and lead to issues with anger, substance abuse and much more.
While predictions are usually not 100% accurate, it's important to note that the veteran population is declining, and it is predicted to keep doing so through at least 2037.
Traumatic brain injuries are a serious concern for veterans who have seen combat. These injuries may be enough to end a military career, and they can even have a permanent impact on that person's life after they get out. It's important to understand how they happen and the way they may affect you.
While bombs and explosions have been a part of war for generations, reports show that they are more common in modern wars than they were just a short time ago. Even just going back to Vietnam, soldiers who got injured in the line of duty often had firearm-related injuries. Those still happen, but explosion-based injuries are far more common.
When military veterans struggle with mental, emotional and physical issues after returning from combat, it's often hard for people to help them. Vets may feel like no one else can really understand what they went through. Some have called it a post-military subculture.
When they return to the United States after serving in combat, many veterans face a significant amount of serious health challenges. Some of these are mental issues, which often are not as clear-cut as physical issues. They can impact relationships, make it so that the veterans cannot return to work and change the entire course of their lives.
A federal Court of Appeals panel voted in late January that "Blue Water Navy" Vietnam veterans qualify to receive disability benefits for any illnesses they've developed from their exposure to Agent Orange, a toxic chemical herbicide. One analyst notes that this ruling will ensure that thousands of veterans finally receive the disability benefits that those who are unable to work desperately need.