Help For Families Of Wounded Veterans

Help For Families Of Wounded Veterans

When a veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury comes home, the whole family is affected: Helping families cope with wounded veterans.

Hundreds of thousands of American veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are believed to have some form of post-traumatic stress disorder. As many as 40 percent of returning veterans today report symptoms of combat stress in their relationships with friends and family. As the war in Afghanistan draws down, those numbers are expected to rise. When a combat veteran comes home with PTSD or traumatic brain injury, his -- or her -- condition can affect the entire family. And while resources for veterans are improving, family members are still too often in the dark about what to do. Diane and guests talk about helping families cope with wounded warriors.


Marshele Carter Waddell

founder of Hope for the Home Front and co-author of "Wounded Warrior, Wounded Home."

Dr. Elspeth Cameron Ritchie

M.D., chief medical officer at the District of Columbia Department of Mental Health and former chief psychiatrist in the Army. Author of "Battleland" blog at

Jeff Haugh

retired Special Agent for the Air Force Office of Special Investigations and a decorated veteran with combat related disabilities; chairman, Team Racing for Veterans.

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