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Since the start of combat operations supporting Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF), our veterans currently present with high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and personal challenges transitioning into the civilian sector. Current research shows the PTSD rates are as high as 20-25% in some of our combat units. Along with the bureaucracy of government institutions, some veterans may experience barriers to specialty vocational rehabilitation services and/or mental health (MH) care. One of the major barriers is the stigma of weakness associated with these challenges. Transitioning veterans often experience problems with relationships, at work, and at school. They may also be more likely to develop other problems, such as other anxiety disorders, depression, or substance abuse disorders. There are treatments available, but only if sought out by the person with the disorder.