The establishment has finally weighed in on the issue of Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder among our returning soldiers and Marines. RAND, not known for its risk-taking assessments by any measure, released a report today finding what everyone in veterans’ advocacy has been talking about for years: that nearly 19 percent of returning vets have PTSD and nearly 20 percent have some form of TBI. Around seven percent qualify for both. In other words, out of an estimated 1.6 million servicemen and women who have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan since 2002, an estimated 300,000 are suffering from PTSD or “major depression,” and 320,000 have a brain injury.
Furthermore, somewhere in the realm of 50 percent of those who meet the criteria for these diagnoses aren’t seeking treatment, the report says, which could result in greater costs for society as time goes by. As for cost, the average expense for treating an individual with PTSD, depending on the severity, is $5,900 to $25,760. For treating TBI, the cost for a mild case could range from $27,260 to $32,760. A severe case for brain injury can cost upwards of $408,530, according to RAND.