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Monday, August 13, 2007

Women Veterans Suffer More PTSD

McClatchy News reports on the women war vets from Iraq and the reasons for their higher incidence of post-traumatic stress disorder.  They discuss a recent article in the Washington Times stating,

'The problem becomes even more complex in the context of women serving in the military. In their combat roles, service women in Iraq are subject to both violence from the war and assault from fellow service members or superiors. According to a 2003 study, about one-third of female veterans visiting the Veterans Administration for health care reported having been subject to rape or attempted rape during their military service.

The combination of sexual assault with the psychological trauma from combat known to contribute to PTSD in military personnel has created an environment in which an estimated 20 percent of servicewomen will develop this condition — 4 times the rate in the civilian population and more than double the rate of PTSD in male soldiers (about 8 percent)' should make people stand up and take notice. [Washington Times].


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