By Erin Burnett
According to a study by the Defense Department, 1 in 6 returning soldiers show symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD.
The condition often leads to addiction, domestic violence and suicide.
And yet less than 40% of veterans that exhibit symptoms of PTSD actually seek help.
Mostly, they say, because it would make them seem weak and keep them from promotion.
Former U.S. Marine Lieutenant Karl Marlantes served in Vietnam.
He is an advocate for returning soldiers and the author of a book called, "What It Is Like to Go to War" which has been given to every member of Congress.
Last month he came OutFront to discuss soldiers coping with PTSD.
Marlantes has suggested that counseling be mandatory for returning soldiers.
"What goes on here is that you have decent people, and we've been trained and we've been brought up to not kill anybody," said Marlantes. "It's thou shalt not kill. It's a Judeo Christian culture. Suddenly, you take a 19-year-old to say, now, go ahead and kill. Well, how does that – how does a kid handle that?"
Other companies have taken up the cause too.
Today The Walt Disney Company pledged to hire and train at least 1,000 military veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Those are BIG IDEAs and important ones.
But there are little things we could be doing too such as simply adding veteran designations to driver's licenses.
It would be relatively easy - but would help veterans get benefits and discounts from stores without having to carry their discharge papers with them.
And, more importantly, if they had trouble adjusting to life away from combat, and did engage with police, they would be more easily identified as a veteran returning from war.
What are your thoughts on PTSD? Is America doing enough for its enlisted men and women? Do you have ideas on how our country can better serve the veterans who served our country?