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Can video games be a source of recuperation for veterans who have suffered PTSD and other forms of mental illness? While there’s a lot to unpack on the topic, and it depends on the games you play, there is some evidence to support a therapeutic element. We’ll explore some recent research into this topic.

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At the risk of sounding cynical, it’s always a relief when politicians come through on their promises and put forth a considerable effort to help those in need. No matter which side of the aisle your politics may fall, there’s no denying that President Joe Biden’s passing of the PACT Act is a major step forward in assisting the ongoing struggles that many veterans are still experiencing. 

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Our collective hearts sink every time we see a veteran dealing with a form of disability. It reminds us that no matter how involved and wrapped up we sometimes get in our own lives, there are those who are making sacrifices to ensure our freedom and domestic tranquility as people. Even more tragic are the wounds that we can’t see on the surface. The mental health of our veterans is a growing concern, as is the number of cases involving TBI. 

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In 2020, the world was thrown upon its axis at the onset of a global pandemic. As many of us began to worry about the outcome, terms such as social distancing and quarantine became the new norm as we adjusted to a world of uncertainty. As a result, many individuals were forced to file for unemployment assistance, and many businesses were forced to close their doors due to the limited customer interactions. As the world has returned to a relative state of normalcy, many people have begun to re-enter the working world. While some have found employment with relative ease, some have encountered difficulty due to skills that are either outdated or limited. Among these are veterans. 

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For many years, there was a strong stigma attached to mental health. This was the case when it came to veterans returning from conflicts overseas. While the phenomenon was simply dismissed as “shell shock,” it was and is a very real issue that continues to afflict the veterans of today. According to a study conducted by the VA (Veteran’s Affairs) Suicide Prevention program, approximately 20 veterans take their lives each day. Civilian practitioners of health care often don’t inquire about military service, and as a result, it becomes difficult to treat and diagnose conditions such as PTSD and depression. 

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Sometimes the mental health of veterans is very fragile after facing difficult and traumatic combat situations overseas. It’s a critical focus for us because it’s a common stumbling block for many good men and women trying to lead normal lives.

Let’s examine a few ways to better understand the mental health of veterans.

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