PTSD can happen to anyone. It is not a sign of weakness. Many factors can increase the chance that someone will develop PTSD, many of which are not under that person's control. For example, if you were directly exposed to the trauma or injured, you are more likely to develop PTSD.
When you are in the military, you may see combat. You may have been on missions that exposed you to horrible and life-threatening experiences. These types of events can lead to PTSD. The number of Veterans with PTSD varies by service era: Operations Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Enduring Freedom (OEF): About 11-20 out of every 100 Veterans (or between 11-20%) who served in OIF or OEF have PTSD in a given year. Gulf War (Desert Storm): About 12 out of every 100 Gulf War Veterans (or 12%) have PTSD in a given year. Vietnam War: About 15 out of every 100 Vietnam Veterans (or 15%) were currently diagnosed with PTSD at the time of the most recent study in the late 1980s, the National Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Study (NVVRS).
We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of Veterans suffering the effects of PTSD, TBI, MST and other physical or psychological disabilities by connecting them with rescued dogs and providing various dog training programs at no cost . We provide a network of resources to help them battle the issues they face on the home front. We are also inspiring the public and local businesses to help empower these heroes by educating them about the public stigma of PTSD and Service Dog rules and etiquette thus creating a well informed and supportive community for our Patriots to live, work and thrive in.