The percentage of psychological injuries being seen among service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan is surpassing that of previous conflicts in our nation’s history. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and major depression are described as the “signature injuries” of the current conflicts. Because of the hidden nature of these injuries they can be more difficult to treat and diagnose and may remain with the veterans for the rest of their lives.1
One treatment being used to reduce the symptoms of the disorders is assisting the injured in finding employment. Research shows that employment transition assistance provided an almost identical effect on the reduction of symptoms as did medication—and without the potential drawbacks of addiction or side effects that may result.