More veterans dealing with PTSD, according to Wounded Warrior Project survey results

Posted at 12:51 PM, Nov 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-07 17:30:45-05

The Wounded Warrior Project has released its 2017 survey results. The organization says the survey was completed by 34,000 veterans this year. 

The results showed that more injured veterans are trusting the Department of Veterans Affairs for health care concerns.

The results also showed that more warriors are gainfully employed than in past years.

Below are some of the challenges faced by veterans who were surveyed. 

  • 77% report post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as their main health challenge (up slightly from 2016).
  • 87% are considered overweight or obese (86% in 2016).
  • 58% have a VA rating of at least 80% (54% in 2016).

The Wounded Warrior Project says it uses the data collected through the survey to better serve its members. 

The 2017 survey also showed some successes among wounded warriors: 

  • The unemployment rate of non-active duty warriors improved to 13% (greater than 16% in 2016).

  • 1 in 3 (33%) warriors have earned a bachelor’s degree or better (30% in 2016).

  • 88% of warriors are receiving VA benefits (85% in 2016).

  • 80% of warriors say social engagement/support led to them registering with WWP.

The Wounded Warrior Project serves veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness or wound while in the service on or after September 11, 2001, according to their website. 

The organization provides free programs and services to wounded warriors. Click here to learn more.