Required Reading for ALJ’s and Claimants Lawyers Attorneys, Vicariously Experienced Traumas

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on June 30, 2009

Assessing Combat Exposure and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Troops and Estimating the Costs to Society

Implications from the RAND Invisible Wounds of War Study

http://www.rand.org/pubs/testimonies/2009/RAND_CT321.pdf

‘Major depression is often not considered a combat-related injury;

however, our analyses suggest that it is highly associated with

combat exposure and should be considered in the spectrum of

post-deployment mental health consequences.’

‘Assuming that the prevalence found in this study is representative of

the 1.64 million servicemembers who had been deployed for OEF/OIF

as of October 2007, we estimate that as of April 2008 approximately

303,000 OEF/OIF veterans were suffering from PTSD or major depression.

We also found that some specific groups, previously underrepresented in

studies — including the Reserve Components and those who have

left military service—may be at higher risk of suffering from

these conditions.

Vicariously experienced traumas (e.g., having a friend who was

seriously wounded or killed) were the most frequently reported.

About 10-15% of OEF/OIF veterans reported NO trauma exposures,

and about 15-20 percent reported exposure to just ONE event

(largely death or injury of a friend), so most (close to 75 percent)

reported multiple exposures

.Compare these findings to those of the ALJ’s who are giving these

cases to AIG and CNA   The DBA X Files

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