(1) Long Road Home - 50,000 veterans will have returned home physically wounded since 2001.
(2) According to the Veteran’s Administration not-yet-published statistics, 367,749 Iraqi and Afghan vets have sought mental health care treatment. That's 51.7 percent of the total caseload - and also 28.2 percent of the returning 1.3 million vets - a number that's sure to grow larger as those who returned home recently begin acknowledging cases of delayed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It's common for vets not to begin experiencing combat stress until after the euphoria of being home has waned, typically six months to a year or more.
(3) 45% of Afghanistan, Iraq Vets Seek Disability
By Daniel Politi | Posted Sunday, May 27, 2012, at 3:32 PM ET
My novel Sequin Boy And Cindy takes a long hard look at the plight of our returning war Veterans, and although basically the love story of two disabled returning war heroes manages to pose the problems we face as the result of the Iraqi and Afghanistan wars.
We need to be able to do more than we have for our returning Vets. Not everyone can hope to be as blessed as our principal characters Billy and Cindy in http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0085M3BZ6