On Veterans Day, mental health struggle continues

Veterans of wars past and present continue to fight mental health battles at higher rates than civilians. Psychiatrist Dr. James Rachal calls the ongoing struggle for those who have served “the unseen sacrifice.” (Nov. 11)

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JAMES RACHAL: This is a day we honor people that have sacrificed for this country. But the unseen sacrifice is, a lot of times, mental health issues.

Those that were in Operation Iraqi Freedom-- about 20 percent, up to 20 percent of those people that have returned from OIF have some form of post-traumatic stress disorder. And we're thinking about Vietnam, it's even higher, at 30 percent.

So I think really, when we're thinking about what is the greatest thing that keeps people from seeking behavioral health care when they need it, or mental health care when they need it-- it really is the stigma that surrounds it. And honestly, a lot of people just don't want to see themselves as sick or needing help.