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The Ravages of War: Effects of Combat PTSD on New England Veterans


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8/4/2012
John L. Keefe
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Here in New England, we have many war veterans among us. If you are one of them, know that you have the respect and love of all Americans and that you have the right to be proud of your service. 

But too many times, people like you have experienced horrific combat situations and brought an unwanted guest back with you—war-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). And, sadly, sometimes no one seems to understand.

First, know that you are not alone. An estimated one in every five military personnel who returns from Iraq or Afghanistan suffers from PTSD. In fact, diagnosed cases of PTSD have jumped 50% in the past year. No one knows how many cases go undiagnosed. 

The symptoms of PTSD include serious emotional issues that quite often lead to physical problems, from panic attacks to medical conditions such as cardiovascular disease, chronic pain, arthritis, and musculoskeletal problems. Serious cases of PTSD can result in the inability to continue to work and support a family. 

You should see a medical professional right away if you suspect you have PTSD. The sooner you begin treatment, the better chances you have of keeping it from becoming worse. You should see a doctor immediately if:

  • You feel so overwhelmed by life that you cannot function normally day to day.
  • You have considered hurting yourself or others.
  • You cannot seem to control your behavior.
  • You are experiencing trouble eating or sleeping.
  • You are depressed.
  • You have trouble with memory and concentration.
  • You have begun to rely on alcohol or other mood-altering substances to make it through the day.

As New England disability specialists, we know how disabling PSTD can be for combat veterans and we want to help. Keefe Disability Law, located in the Boston area, has assisted many disabled vets in applying for Social Security Administration (SSA) disability benefits. 

Because so many of the symptoms of PTSD are difficult to see on the surface, it can be more difficult to prove disability. Let us evaluate your case free today. Call us at 888-904-6847 to discover how the government you have faithfully served can help you through a difficult time.



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