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Tuesday, December 01, 2015

What America Thinks: Military Wrestles with Post-Combat Stress

Soldiers may not rank post-traumatic stress as the biggest challenge they face when transitioning back to civilian life, but an alarming number of them know someone who suffers from the disorder or are afflicted with it themselves.

Ninety-four percent (94%) of active and retired military personnel think PTSD is a serious problem for people in the military, including 67% who believe it is a Very Serious problem.

More than three quarters of these adults say they have seen or experienced the effects of PTSD. Of these, 84% say it has significant impact on their day-to-day lives, with 31% who rate the impact as Very Significant.

Women acknowledge the significance of PTSD in themselves or their loved ones more than men. Enlisted military personnel cite significant impact more than officers do.

Those in the Army are more likely to suffer or know someone who suffers from the disorder, but members across all branches of the armed forces strongly agree it has significant impact on daily lives.

For Rasmussen Reports, I’m Alex Boyer. Remember, if it’s in the news, it’s in our polls.