Thursday Numbers

Welcome to the 200th edition of “Thursday Numbers!”

In case you’re new around here, “Thursday Numbers” is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary sometimes sprinkled with sarcasm.

This week’s topics include tourism in Montana, unemployment, ISIS on Twitter, Zinke & PTSD, cholesterol-fighting drug, Noah, new troops in Iraq, highest-paid athletes, terror attacks, civil liberties, Clinton’s emails, Obamacare, and much more!

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Veterans: PTSD Care Deficient

Wyatt Andrews reported on CBS Evening News last night that “After 13 years of war, a new survey of veterans today found many suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome are not satisfied with the care they’re receiving from the Veterans Administration (VA)”

The “survey” was an American Legion survey of VA patients that found “59 percent of veterans report that their PTSD symptoms are not improving or are getting worse.”

The VA was quick to point out that “49% of PTSD patients did report getting better, and officials said they would use the survey to help them learn what works.”

One of the more interesting parts of the report was that “both the Pentagon and the VA have attacked the PTSD problem without measuring what kind of therapy works.”

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