Veterans survey shows main health issues that plague veterans

Veterans survey shows main health issues that plague veterans

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Birmingham is gearing up to celebrate Veteran's Day with the largest parade in the country.

As the celebration draws closer, a new survey continues to point to post traumatic stress disorder as a major health problem for veterans.

A Vietnam and Desert Storm Veteran says many men and women are not admitting they have a problem.

"I think there is a lot of people who just say it's a problem and I will deal with it. They don't think they need help and they are busy with their lives and they say I will take care of it later," Ronald Bradstreet said.

The Wounded Warrior Project Survey of 34-thousand veterans shows 77% report PTSD as their main health challenge. That's up from 2016.

87% are overweight which is up also from 2016.

Jefferson County Commissioner and retired Army Veteran George Bowman says help is available at the VA if those veterans will take use of it.

"It's a tremendous problem cause PTSD overflows into the family and it can manifest itself with violence," Bowman said.

Bowman said being overweight is a national issue. Bradstreet says obesity could be related to depression and an unwillingness to make healthy choices.

Both veterans say the VA has programs to help combat those health problems.

To get in touch with the VA in Birmingham, visit

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