Face the facts | Cost of war

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FACT: 1 in 5 veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – about 300,000 veterans to date. The social and economic costs of PTSD are immense. First-year treatment alone costs the government $8,300 per person, or more than $2 billion so far. And suicides among active-duty military personnel averaged one per day in 2012. Veterans now account for 20 percent of suicides in the U.S., with the youngest (24 and under) taking their lives at four times the rate for other veteran age groups.