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How Common is PTSD?

The National Center for PTSD reports that eight million people have PTSD. Garfinkel Schwartz notes that civilian contractor PTSD cases are not counted as there are no exit interviews. The Veterans Administration reports:

  • Operations Enduring Freedom & Iraqi Freedom: approx. 11 to 20 in every 100 Veterans (11-20%) have PTSD in a year
  • Operation Desert Storm: About 12 in every 100 Gulf War Veterans (12%) have PTSD in a given year
  • As of October 2015, Time, Inc., reported more than 1.3 million troops deployed in 150 countries worldwide

Civilian Contractor PTSD Cases Aren’t Counted

Defense Base Act Law Firm Garfinkel SchwartzTrying to piece together accurate and updated numbers will only provide military figures. Additional cases go unreported because only military PTSD cases are monitored. All personnel exiting a military tour undergo exit interviews.

For every one U.S. troop member reported serving overseas in any location, there are up to three U.S. civilian contractors working with the military. Contractors are in roles supporting and alongside U.S. troops for the U.S. government hired by the Department of Defense.

Civilian contractors are often former military with high skill sets, security clearances (in order to be allowed to work for the U.S. government), and professionals in a range of fields. They’re called civilian contractors or federal contractors because they’re not serving in military roles.

Contractors don’t hold military titles but work in positions that the military needs. There are hundreds of jobs and can range from and include security, construction, technology, engineering, road building, supplies, transportation, etc.

PTSD Underreported Among Contractors

PTSD Resources Garfinkel SchwartzDid you know that civilian contractors don’t have exit interviews performed by employers so that PTSD cases are not identified? Consider then, the large number of civilian contractors compared to the number of military stricken with post-traumatic stress disorder.

However, after working overseas as employees of the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense, contractors and sub-contractors go home. Sometimes it’s due to serious injury or illness. When an illness or an injury occurs contractors are required to file incident reports

Figures aside, what you want to know is how to help the person in your life with PTSD.

What’s New, Next?

Garfinkel Schwartz likes to know what’s new and what’s next in the treatment, care, support and research of PTSD medical issues that affect our clients. Garfinkel Schwartz has 40 years of medical resources. They may inspire you, give you ideas, options to try or look into.

Post traumatic stress syndrome, post traumatic stress disorder therapies are vast and are being tried by people of all ages and all walks of life. Here’s what we found about PTSD Treatments, Therapies and Options in the news:

Awareness Walks


Canine Companions

Car Shows


Clinical Drug Trials


Drumming Program

Equine Therapy Centers

Medical Marijuana

Motorcycle Rides 


Sleeping Help

Virtual reality


How to Get Help, Now

The Garfinkel Schwartz law firm meets with and talks with clients who need always want to know how to get help, now. Garfinkel Schwartz has many clients with PTSD and works to help clients who have PTSD to prove their cases, medically.

We Pay for Medical Evaluations

The first step is by providing clients pre-paid medical evaluations to clients so that the person with PTSD gets the medical review needed to demonstrate PTSD. This is a service offered by Garfinkel Schwartz because clients often come in when their medical care and benefits have been cut off.

Keep Trying, There are Options!

Ask for Help

Start researching, keep learning, asking and turning to PTSD experts who you’ve vetted through medical channels and who you trust before doing anything in regards to your health, or that of a loved one with PTSD. We know it’s hard and that there are days, afternoons, mornings and nights when you’re ready to throw in the towel. That there will be emotional times when you’re at your wits end.

It’s the hardest when you’re waiting for a case to begin, when you need medical care for yourself, for your loved one, for a settlement/medicine/psychiatric care/tests/answers, for the end of all that you’ve fought for. You’re angry that the insurance company hasn’t just done the right thing and you’re not sure that they ever will.

Have faith. Be strong and ask for help. Don’t try to do everything alone. Go to friends, to family and to doctors and don’t be ashamed to ask for support. Everyone needs compassion when life is hard.

If there is something that you’ve tried, that you’ve been doing or receiving that works for you, please share. We’d like to hear from you. Contact us by phone at 800-393-2999 or by e-mail: Brian@DefenseBaseActLaw.com

Navy Funding App That May I.D. PTSD

Medical IssuesIn a few years there may be an app that can read facial expressions and identify the presence of PTSD in you or a loved one. The app will work by screening a person’s facial expressions and based on facial cues seen help to identify PTSD.

The U.S. Navy funded the research and development of the app based on use of an Office of Naval Research video analysis tool. The tool uses facial cues to help identify Autism, PTSD and other psychological issues.

In 2015, Dr. Predrag Neskovic, a Navy scientist who helped develop the technology said that video is used to view and analyze eye, head, nose, eyes, facial ticks which show various emotions.

The technology is being used in an existing app called Autism & Beyond created by Duke Health for a Duke University Medicine study. Autism & Beyond has a parent sit a child on their lap, then asks the parent to hold the phone screen up to the child as the child watches a video that plays. The child’s facial and emotional responsiveness is captured by the app.

Parents can choose to share the video or only the facial expressions with the Duke Medicine study. The app has questions and helps parents assess and identify risks for behavioral and emotional health disorders like autism.

PTSD Help is Around You

canada civilian contractor ptsdAs many civilian contractors, their families, loved ones and friends understand, PTSD is not always identified. Thousands of people don’t know they have post traumatic stress syndrome until there is a major incident. Please, don’t wait

The next big step is trying to get help for a person suffering silently with PTSD. While come willing receive treatment, others refuse for personal, business reasons.

If someone you love needs help, is refusing help, is suffering, please get help. Don’t wait and be sure to work with a doctor, a psychiatrist who will be able to tell you how to get the help you need.

If you feel desperate, please hold on. Talk to someone and get another take on what you may be thinking about. People care about what happens to you and your loved ones need you.

PTSD Resources


DoD Safe Helpline

Emergency PTSD Hotline

Gateway to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Information

PTSD Foundation of America

Veterans Crisis Line