Veterans with PTSD were to found to have higher rates of cardiovascular disease and to have a greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Over 20 veterans a day commit suicide, which accounts for more deaths than combat related incidents.   

Veterans may be at higher risk for heart disease over time and this link may be independent of baseline socio-economic characteristics, chronic medical conditions, health behaviors, BMI and depressive symptoms (Asari 2014).