The CT Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) and the Center for Public Policy and Social Research (CPPSR) at CCSU recently released the results of a needs assessment of Connecticut veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. The study’s findings include:

  • Almost 22% of veterans screened positive for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
  • Nearly 20% of veterans reported difficulty in relating to their civilian friends.
  • Veterans in most need of support are the least likely to seek it out.

Some recommendations from the study are:

  • Initiate a public awareness campaign to inform and educate veterans and their families, the general public and non-military caregivers.
  • Develop an early identification and outreach system.
  • Create an integrated resiliency-based continuum of mental health care that emphasizes natural, non-clinical community supports.

The study has generated national publicity through a recently launched on-line press release. A link to the complete report can be found at http://www.ccsu.edu/cppsr/vetsassessment/

Published in: on May 1, 2009 at 2:10 am  Leave a Comment