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POLL: PTSD Tops Military Families’ Concerns

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For the first time, post-traumatic stress disorder tops the list of military families’ concerns, according to a poll conducted by non-profit advocates. The survey by Blue Star Families prioritizes military families areas of concern. Also on the list were the stress put on children by long deployments of their parents, civilian-military divide and a sense that most Americans don’t understand the sacrifices made by service-members. But Stephanie Himel-Nelson, a spokesperson for the group, said the results about post-traumatic stress disorder were “most surprising': “Post-traumatic stress has never been in the Top 5 [concerns] before.” In a related study, Blue Star Families found that nearly two-thirds of those who report post-traumatic stress didn’t pursue avenues of treatment available through the military.