Military charity Combat Stress is reporting a large rise in the numbers of veterans being referred to them with PTSD.
 
They claim an increase of 71% in the last five years - that’s 10,000 new referrals.
 
Since last year, there has been a 34% increase in the number of Afghanistan veterans being supported by the charity, and a 24% rise in the number of Iraq veterans needing help.
 
Added to the problem are recent claims that charities are exaggerating the prevalence of PTSD in order to get more in the way of donations, with over-diagnosis of the disorder failing vulnerable veterans.
 
Sue Freeth, chief executive of Combat Stress, spoke to Forces TV's Charlotte Banks about its findings.
 
 
Veteran Tom Stimpson served in the RAF for 26 years, and was awarded the MBE in 1999 while working with NATO.
 
But after deployment in Afghanistan, he became ill and was eventually diagnosed with PTSD.
 
He’s had treatment at the Combat Stress care home, Tyrwhitt House in Surrey – one of the charity’s three residential care homes.
 
The recovery programme offers both a clinical approach, with doctors on hand, and occupational therapy.
 
That includes music therapy, painting, pottery, woodwork, poetry, metal detecting and pet therapy.
 
Some of the residents turn their newly-learned talents into new life skills.
 
Combat Stress, meanwhile, is currently supporting almost 3,000 Iraq and Afghanistan residents.
 
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