Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
cost of PTSD.
As of 2005, more than 200,000 US
veterans were receiving disability compensation for PTSD at a cost of $4.3 billion. Of course, the costs go far beyond compensation payments.
In 2008, the Rand Corporation released a report specifically about the military personnel deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. It put the economic impact of PTSD, including medical care, productivity and suicides at $4 billion to $6 billion over two years. These numbers are growing every day. And without early intervention, diagnosis and treatment, the cost to our economy will skyrocket.