Vietnam Veterans & PTSD
Philip Paolini served four years in the Vietnam War as a Marine. Ever since he's been dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse and he's also been homeless.
"I looked at my life and yeah, something was wrong you know."
New research shows more than 270,000 Vietnam veterans are currently still experiencing significant symptoms of PTSD, 40 years after the war ended.
"The trauma one undergoes is re-experienced and relived sometimes on a daily or constant basis."
The study published in JAMA Psychiatry also finds more than one third of Vietnam veterans currently suffer with depression.
Dr. Charles Hoge from Walter Reed Army Institute of Research says this research highlights the challenges that could lie ahead for other generations of veterans.
"For Vietnam veterans I would say they really did not have services for PTSD available to them when they came home and if they haven't received treatment, it's never too late for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, there are many more treatment options available."
Nearly two years ago, Philip went to Veterans Inc. to get support. The 64-year-old received counseling and medication and says his life has turned around
"I don't choose to live in the past; I don't choose to live in the future. I choose to live in the moment now."
The 64-year-old received counseling and medication and says his life has turned around