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Capitol Health Call
March 9, 2011

Veterans’ Affairs and PTSD

JAMA. 2011;305(10):987. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.266

The number of veterans who served in the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and were treated for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has increased from about 4400 in 2004 to more than 69 000 in 2008, according to an overview of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and its involvement in treating the disorder and funding relevant research.

The report, released January 24 by the Government Accountability Office, also found that VA funding for intramural PTSD research increased from $9.9 million in 2005 to $24.5 million in 2009 (http://tiny.cc/mgwyi). The report also said that the percentage of intramural PTSD research funding from the VA's medical and prosthetic research appropriation increased from 2.5% in 2005 to 4.8% in 2009.