Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and the Earnings of Military Reservists
RAND NATIONAL DEFENSE RESEARCH INST SANTA MONICA CA
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The Department of Defense DoD has relied heavily on members of the reserve components of the U.S. military hereafter referred to as reservists to fight the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Reservists have suffered a variety of injuries during their deployments, many of which could significantly impact their future well-being. Among those injuries is the condition known as post-traumatic stress disorder PTSD, an anxiety disorder that is precipitated by the experience of a traumatic event. Recent evidence suggests a high prevalence of PTSD among returning active- and reserve-component service members e.g., Tanielian and Jaycox, 2008, prompting significant interest in the long-term consequences of PTSD for a variety of health, family, and economic outcomes.