Thursday, March 14, 2013

Up to 80% of PTSD soldiers can stay in!

Study finds Soldiers’ PTSD diagnoses accurate
By David Vergun
Army News Service
MARCH 14, 2013

WASHINGTON - A report released Friday by the Army’s surgeon general found a high degree of validity in the service’s diagnoses and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho discussed findings of the Army Task Force on Behavioral Health during a media roundtable Friday at the Pentagon. She said their report found “no systemic issues of Soldiers being disadvantaged in the disability process” regarding the diagnoses of post-traumatic stress disorder, which is known as PTSD.

Horoho said the other good news is that about 80 percent of Soldiers diagnosed with PTSD remain on active duty and just 20 percent go through the Integrated Disability Evaluation System, or IDES, process of transitioning to civilian life and care within the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The 80-percent retention rate says PTSD is a diagnosis that can be treatable and allow Soldiers to remain in the Army, Horoho said.
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