by Jim Fausone
Veteran Disability Attorney
Once again showing the differences between men and women in combat, VA recently reported that women appear more susceptible to depression than PTSD. The study looked at 246,976 veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and 246,080 who served elsewhere.
Among those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, about 12 percent of active female veterans and about 16 percent of reserve unit female veterans were diagnosed with PTSD, compared to about 17 percent of active and reserve male veterans. About 23 percent of active female veterans and 19 percent of reserve unit female veterans were diagnosed with depression, compared to 14 percent of active men and 12 percent of reserve unit men.
Women were denied PTSD claims more often than men, while men were denied claims for other mental health conditions more often than women. Veteran advocates need to keep these kind of differences in mind when advancing disability claims.
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