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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) - Nearly a quater of the 85,000 veterans who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from mental health disorders, according to a new study from the RAND Corporation.
New York State Health Foundation president James Knickman says what’s troubling is that more than 40 percent of them don’t know how to get help.
“The model of the Veterans Administration is they are there to help when people come to them,” Knickman told WCBS 880 reporter Monica Miller. When you have a subtle, but intense problem like post traumatic stress disorder, you need to be brought to services.”
LINK: Read the RAND Study
Knickman says the study also found almost half of them prefer to receive services in the community rather than through the VA system.