61 Percent of Veterans Have Difficulty Adjusting To Civilian Life, Study Finds




A newly released USC study finds many veterans, especially combat veterans, in Orange County face major challenges when adjusting to civilian life.

“The state of the American Veteran: The Orange County Veterans Study,” was conducted by the USC School of Social Work Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families. The Orange County Community Foundation helped commission the study.

In the study, 1227 veterans were surveyed. Of those 1227, 61 percent of post 9/11 veterans reported having difficulty adjusting to civilian life.

Seventy-four percent did not have a job when they left the military, and 44 percent of veterans screened positive for post-traumatic stress disorder.

“It took a long, long time for my PTSD to really just start causing a lot of problems,” said hire vetsStephen Young, a 32-year-old former Marine who served in the initial invasion of Iraq in 2003.

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