The wounds of war go much deeper than most of us realize. From physical damage to mental illness, veterans face a number of battles after their return from their time of service. For Veterans Day, we want to remind everyone of the sacrifices our soldiers make for all of us both overseas and at home.
Many service men and women past and present face health obstacles due to their service. Here are some of the other common health conditions veterans confront:
Mental health issues
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is one of the most common and most publicized obstacles that many military personnel face upon returning home. PTSD can lead to physical conditions such as sleep apnea and dementia. There are other mental problems that can also result from the traumas of war. A study in the journal Archives of General Psychiatry found that one in 10 Iraq war veterans develops serious mental problems. These problems can include violent behavior, depression and substance abuse.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
A TBI, often brought on by a blow to the head, disturbs brain function. Veterans with TBIs often experience a shorter attentions pan, language disabilities and an inability to process information. They may also suffer from a lack of motivation, irritability, anxiety and depression. The National Academy of Sciences is calling a TBI the signature wound of the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan and soldiers are at a great risk.
Military personnel that suffer from limb loss due to active battle must relearn how to do almost every basic function with their prosthetic. It can cause self-confidence issues and lead to depression along with other mental health problems. Creative Technology works with amputee veterans to fit them with a prosthetic that works with their lifestyle and needs to make this adjustment easier.
Hearing loss and impairment
The exposure to noise and vibration can cause lasting negative effects such as ringing and buzzing in the ears. Hearing impairment is often caused by the harmful noises of gunfire and noisy engine rooms. Veterans who also worked with machinery regularly can suffer from vibration exposure that causes lower back pain or numbness and pain in the hands.
While some health conditions present themselves more obviously than others, nobody is to be overlooked. Creative Technology wants to thank all of our veterans for their service. We want to show our appreciation by continuing to care for them and their medical conditions upon their return.