300,000 veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have either post-traumatic stress disorder or major depression, and another 320,000 suffered brain injuries, the AP reports. RAND Corporation, in the first private evaluation of mental injury from the conflicts, found 18.5% of combat troops suffered from major depression or PTSD. "There is a major health crisis facing those who have served," said a researcher.
- Only 53% of service members with PTSD or depression had sought treatment in the past year.
- Only 43% reported of those with possible brain injuries reported being examined by a physician.
- 7% of the troops reported both a probable brain injury and either PTSD or major depression.