Approximately 40% of homeless men are veterans, although veterans comprise only 34% of the general adult male population. The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans estimates that on any given night, 200,000 veterans are homeless (National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, 2006). I believe that the numbers are much higher.
One in five veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – over 300,000 veterans by the end of 2012. The social and economic costs of PTSD are immense. First-year treatment alone costs the government $8,300 per person, or more than $2 billion so far. And suicides among active-duty military personnel averaged one per day in 2012. Veterans now account for 20 percent of suicides in the U.S., with the youngest (24 and under) taking their lives at four times the rate for other veteran age groups.
My short video on why I'm doing what I'm doing for Veteran's Mental Health . It is my way of saying THANK YOU and GIVING BACK. I have helped Veteran's that suffer from several mental health issues over the course of many many years. Mental Health for Veterans Prepaid Mental Health Patriot Plan for our Veterans
Dr. Rick Ruperto of www.pre-paidmentalhealth.com
Board Certified Therapist, Strategic Interventionist- RMT Board Eligible, American College of Addictionology and Compulsive Disorders- DACACD©, Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor, Clinical Supervisor #veterans #mentalhealth