Veteran Pain: Common Permanent Injuries of Military Service
You may have seen a few gazing out over the lake while strolling the boardwalk, or perhaps notice one paying his respects to the fallen in Memorial Park, but have you ever truly noticed the number of veterans that struggle each day to live their lives in Lake Charles? Out of the 350,000 veterans currently living in Louisiana, over 5,700 of them live near the lake; that’s approximately 15 percent of the entire area’s population.
Now, you may not feel that this is a significant number or that vets should be singled out when talking about the population of Lake Charles. However, this number not only designates veterans, but it helps showcase how many in your community may potentially be living with excruciating pain, debilitating mental illnesses and traumatic immobilizing injuries as a result of serving not only this country, but also our city and state.
The potential injuries suffered by veterans have become increasingly traumatic due to advanced weaponry, military tactics, and “protective” wear—can help keep a traumatic assault from being fatal, but unfortunately leaves the victim to live with catastrophic injuries instead. Serving in the military comes with a certain understanding of potential risk and injury. However, there has been a significant and steady increase of traumatic veteran injuries since the beginning of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) that shouldn’t be ignored.
Common Injuries Sustained During Military Service
Statistics taken from combat casualty data collected by the US Army Surgeon General’s Office, denoted common injuries sustained by US Army soldiers within the last 14 years. It may not represent the accumulation of all similar military injuries before 2000 or within other military branches.
- Traumatic brain injuries – Over 287,000 military servicemen have suffered some sort of traumatic injury.
- Spinal injuries – Spinal cord injuries are the second most common form of injury for military personnel and the occurrence has drastically increased in Afghanistan and Iraq vets.
- Amputations – Since 2000, over 1,600 cases of major limb amputations had been reported.
- PTSD – Over 50 percent of US veterans (significant increase with OEF and OIF vets—nearly 20,000 incidences) notice or have been diagnosed with minor to severe post-traumatic stress disorder.
Overcoming these mental and physical injuries sustained during service can be a tremendous physical and financial burden that can take years and millions of dollars to accomplish. However, Louisiana has numerous support groups, rehabilitation centers, veteran hospitals and dedicated experienced lawyers specifically equipped to help our returned heroes. Don’t hesitate to get the help you deserve.
So next time you see a veteran, don’t dismiss him—take notice. If you are a veteran and are seeking medical, financial or psychological support or information about your injuries, please feel free to contact us today for a free consultation.
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