Invisible Wounds of War

Roughly a third of the nation’s nearly three million Post-9/11 Service Members have sustained a traumatic brain injury or will suffer from post-traumatic stress and related conditions; and each day, one Service Member and 20 Veterans take their own lives. Hundreds of thousands of men and women returned home with symptoms associated with these Invisible Wounds of War, often considered the “signature wounds” of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Experience tells us that many more will manifest symptoms in the coming decade.

The experience of Vietnam-era Veterans—who suffered high rates of suicide, joblessness, homelessness, and domestic violence due to TBI, PTSD, and related conditions—hints at the price that Post-9/11 Veterans could pay for their service. This is why Home Base’s mission to heal the Invisible Wounds of War is so timely and so very important.

Invisible Wounds of War include:

Post-Traumatic Stress Traumatic Brain Injury Depression Co-Occurring Substance Use Disorder

Military Sexual Trauma Anxiety Complicated Grief

Veterans may be diagnosed with one or a combination of issues. Each one is debilitating in its own right; co-occurring symptoms can be life-threatening if left to fester, untreated.

Symptoms to Watch For

  • Feelings of always being on alert, jumpy or easily startled
  • Difficulty concentrating at work or school
  • Avoidance of crowds, public places or family gatherings
  • Anxious, irritable, quick-tempered with friends and family
  • Intense feelings of guilt or fear
  • Or the opposite extreme: numbness, feeling detached or absent
  • Night terrors
  • Interrupted sleep patterns or poor sleep hygiene

Through the state-of-the-art treatment programs that Home Base offers, most Service Members, Veterans and Families can overcome the challenges that are associated with the Invisible Wounds of War and achieve a healthier, more resilient life.