New Study Shows Veterans with Musculoskeletal Injuries Less Likely to Return to Service

A new study shows that veterans suffering from muscle and bone injuries are considerably less likely to return to service. In the report, up to 60% of veterans were unable to continue after deployment in Iraq due to a muscle, bone or joint injury. Approximately 50% of veterans unable to return to duty had received a mental health diagnosis. The report also indicated that veterans of a lower rank had increased occurrences of poor health outcomes, also linked to lower socioeconomic status.

These numbers were based on a study of over 4,000 soldiers between 18-22 years of age. They were observed from the beginning of their Iraq deployment in 2006 until four years after the date their duty ended.

Veterans with the least likelihood to return to active duty included those who suffered from musculoskeletal conditions during their deployment (such as back pain and bone fractures) as well as veterans with psychological conditions and lower ranking. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was one of the highest instances why veterans could not continue their service after deployment to Iraq in addition to traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Ultimately, the study concluded that psychological problems and lower ranking/socioeconomic status could hinder a veteran’s musculoskeletal injury recovery.

If you are a veteran who has suffered one of the above conditions or another disability connected to your service, the disability benefits lawyers of Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, can help. Call us toll-free at 877-526-3455 or use our online contact form to set up your free initial consultation.

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