Invisible Wounds of War Project

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Since October 2001, approximately 2.5 million U.S. troops have been deployed to support Operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. Research evidence suggests that many returning service members may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is also a major concern. In 2007, there was limited evidence about the scope of the problem or the most effective treatments.

To help fill this gap, RAND:

  • assessed post-deployment health-related needs associated with PTSD, major depression, and TBI
  • examined the treatment capacity of the current health care system
  • estimated the costs of providing quality health care to all military members in need.

The work was funded by a grant from the Iraq Afghanistan Deployment Impact Fund Project, which is administered by the California Community Foundation, a nonprofit organization.

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