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 like depression, anxiety, or substance use disorder. Additionally, every day, one Service Member and 20 Veterans are lost to suicide. Hundreds of thousands of men and women returned home with symptoms associated with these invisible wounds, 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 is so timely and so very important.

Veterans may be diagnosed with one or multiple mental health conditions. Each one can be debilitating in its own right; in severe cases, symptoms can be life-threatening if left untreated.

Click below to learn more about the invisible wounds and symptoms to watch for.