The study integrated data from meetings with veterans’ service providers, focus groups with veterans, and a survey mailed to 2,050 veterans. Some of the key findings include:
- Almost 22% screened positive for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
- Nearly 20% of veterans reported difficulty in relating to their civilian friends.
- Over 10% of the veterans reported difficulty in connecting emotionally with family members.
- Veterans in most need of support are the least likely to seek it out. This reflected either distrust of the VA establishment or concerns about being stigmatized or de-normalized by seeking mental health treatment. These veterans are at particular risk of slipping into a downward spiral of marital and family problems, employment problems, substance abuse and problems with the law.