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PTSD: Affects Vets’ Spouses Too

According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), about 25 percent of vets returning from the recent conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq are suffering from PTSD. That’s about 500,000 veterans. If we include family members, that number more than doubles. 

Not surprisingly, returning veterans—particularly those with PTSD—have a higher divorce rate than non-veterans. And in the past few years, we’ve lost more American servicemembers to suicide than to combat. But now, University of Utah researchers Timothy Smith and Catherine Caska are confirming what your family–and many others—have known for quite a while: While PTSD initially affects veterans, it can also have a powerful impact on their spouse.

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Author: Armin Brott

Armin Brott is the proud father of three, a former U.S. Marine, a best-selling author, radio host, speaker, and one of the country’s leading experts on fatherhood. He writes frequently about fatherhood, families, and men’s health. Read more about Armin or visit his website, You can also connect via social media:, @mrdad,,,

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