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3.4M servicemen/women have TBI and PTS says General Peter Chiarelli

3.4M servicemen/women have TBI and PTS says General Peter Chiarelli

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After fighting fiercely for his country on the battlefield, Peter Chiarelli, a retired U.S. Army General who served as the 32nd Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, fights another crucial battle: post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). But perhaps, the more accurate term should be: post -traumatic stress (PTS) .

One of the driving motivations behind his determin­ation is personal. “I have a mom going through dementia and Alzheimer’s and that is, to me, one of the reasons,” he states, but his main motive arises simply from the statistics. “When I became Vice Chief of Staff of the Army in 2008, they briefed me and told me that the most prevalent wound coming from Iraq and Afghanistan was PTS,” he recounts, “We have a tendency to focus on visible wounds of conflict, but in reality the most prevalent wounds are traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post traumatic stress. The number of servicemen and women who are affected with this is 3.4 million.”
After fighting fiercely for his country on the battlefield, Peter Chiarelli, a retired U.S. Army General who served as the 32nd Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, fights another crucial battle: post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). But perhaps, the more accurate term should be: post -traumatic stress (PTS) .

One of the driving motivations behind his determin­ation is personal. “I have a mom going through dementia and Alzheimer’s and that is, to me, one of the reasons,” he states, but his main motive arises simply from the statistics. “When I became Vice Chief of Staff of the Army in 2008, they briefed me and told me that the most prevalent wound coming from Iraq and Afghanistan was PTS,” he recounts, “We have a tendency to focus on visible wounds of conflict, but in reality the most prevalent wounds are traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post traumatic stress. The number of servicemen and women who are affected with this is 3.4 million.”

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Published by: A Distinctive Style on May 10, 2013
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