US Military Says Viagra is Crucial in the Fight against PTSD 

President Donald Trump recently announced he was banning the transgendered from serving in the US military. He said it was due to the burden of medical costs surrounding such service members. Many media outlets responded. Transgendered personnel only costs 0.13% of the military’s overall medical budget, or $8.4 million. It spends ten times that much on ED drugs, $84 million. That fills 1.8 million prescriptions. The most common among them is Viagra. This begged the question as to why the military spends so much on the drug. Though it sounds frivolous, their answer is anything but. ED is a common side effect of PTSD. Many active troops and veterans experience post-traumatic stress disorder, particularly those who have returned from the most recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. 85% of veterans with PTSD experience ED, according to a study published in 2002 in the journal Urology. Among the general male population, the rate is 22%.  

Meanwhile, a 2012 report found that 257,000 veterans who’ve returned from our most recent conflicts experience PTSD. Viagra actually became available to military personnel the year it came out, 1998. While it costs $25 per pill today, its original price was $10 per pill. Talk about inflation. Servicemen and veterans only receive six per month, and can only get a prescription through the VA “after a thorough evaluation.” Being immersed in a testosterone driven environment such as the military, makes it difficult for men to talk about PTSD and especially ED. But many say that it really helps them to recover and normalize their lives once again. Trauma isn’t an easy thing to recover from. Viagra seems to help many heal the emotional wounds that they’ve accumulated. From that perspective, it’s easy to see why the military finds it an essential part of their medical budget. If you’re suffering from ED, address the issue with a doctor or urologist.

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