Image via WikipediaIn the Vietnam War (VW) we had a PTSD rate between 15-30%, depending on where you get your information. Lets split the difference, say we have a 22.5% rate of PTSD from the VW. Now, if you factor in the Iraqi vets lower casualty rate due to medical advancements and the higher rates of combat exposure. We will not even consider the fact that Urban Combat and Guerrilla Warfare, the worst kind of military engagement possible. Now in add extreme combat trauma combined with the trauma of living through life threatening wounds.
Where do you think this is going? Maybe somewhere around double the incident rates of PTSD from the VW? Thats close to 50%, ok, lets say that would be impossible.
Do you really think that we will have the same PTSD rates as the VW? Even with the above factors tabulated in? Probably not. So, does that mean that it will be ok to have a 30-40% PTSD rate for the Iraqi War? I do not think so.
Like I have said before, we will not know until 10-20 years later what the impact will be. It will take years for PTSD to become debilitating.