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  • More than 100,000 combat veterans sought help for mental illness since the start of the war in Afghanistan in 2001, and about one in seven of those have left active duty since then, according to VA records collected through 2007. Almost one-half of those were PTSD cases.
  • Mental health cases among war veterans, including PTSD, drug and alcohol dependency and depression, grew by 58 percent from 63,767 in 2006 to 100,580 in 2007, VA records show.
  • A study released in 2007 stated that of 103,788 Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) veterans seen at VA health care facilities, 25,658 (25 percent) received mental health diagnoses; 56 percent of whom had two or more distinct mental health diagnoses.
  • Overall, 32,010 (31 percent) of veterans in the same study received mental health and/or psychosocial diagnoses. The youngest group of OEF/OIF veterans (aged 18-24 years) were at greatest risk for receiving mental health or posttraumatic stress disorder diagnoses compared with veterans 40 years or older.
  • In 2003, an estimated 56.6 percent of veterans used alcohol in the past month compared with 50.8 percent of comparable nonveterans. An estimated 13.2 percent of veterans reported driving while under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs in the past year compared with 12.2 percent of comparable nonveterans. Daily cigarette use was more common among veterans, with an estimated 18.8 percent smoking cigarettes daily in the past month compared with 14.3 percent of comparable nonveterans.
  • In 2002/2003, an estimated 1.2 million male veterans were identified as living with serious mental illness. Approximately 340,000 of these individuals had co-occurring substance abuse disorders.  Approximately 209,000 female veterans (13.1 percent) reported serious mental illness, and 25,000 (1.6 percent) reported co-occurring substance use disorder with mental illness.

Other Resources

Schizophrenia: Public Attitudes, Private Needs
2008 survey of caregivers and people with schizophrenia, conducted by NAMI and Harris Interactive.

Test Your Schizophrenia Knowledge
Test your knowledge about schizophrenia with this short quiz.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Veterans Resources
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Veterans Resources page has information for returning veterans and their families. They also offer a toll-free number, 1-800-273-TALK.

The Department of Defense's Mental Health Self-Assessment Program
The Department of Defense's Mental Health Self-Assessment Program is an anonymous self-help screening program for military members and their families.

The Soldiers Project
The Soldiers Project offers free counseling to soldiers of the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The project is based in southern California and Chicago.

NAMI Information on Medications
General information and fact sheets for specific medications.

NAMI Information on Bipolar Disorder
NAMI information on bipolar disorder.

NAMI Information on Schizophrenia
NAMI information on schizophrenia.

NAMI Information on Depression
NAMI information on depression.

NAMI Information on Dual Diagnosis and Treatment
NAMI information on dual diagnosis and treatment.