For many veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the battle doesn’t end when they return home.
The federal Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that post-traumatic stress disorder occurs in roughly 11 to 20 percent of Iraq and Afghan war veterans, compared with 7 percent of the general population.
And rates of alcohol abuse and suicide have risen sharply in recent years among returning vets.
In response, Chicago’s Adler School of Professional Psychology is starting a new doctoral program for students who want to specialize in working with active-duty members of the military, veterans and their families.
Adler’s military psychology program, which starts this fall, will be the first in the country offered outside of the military’s medical school, according to Adler associate professor Joseph Troiani, a retired Navy Reserve commander who developed the curriculum with feedback from military personnel.
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