Study Warns Of Consequences In Military Mental Health Crisis

A co-leader of a study of U.S. troops says soldiers are facing a "major" mental-health crisis. She warns that without effective care, their problems will spell long-term consequences for the soldiers "and for the nation."

A new study finds some 320,000 service members reported brain injuries after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. That's about 19 percent of forces. In wars that involve blasts from roadside bombs, such injuries can range from mild concussions to severe head wounds.

The RAND study also finds about 300,000 U.S. troops are suffering from major depression or post-traumatic stress. Only about half have sought treatment. Rates of PTSD and major depression were highest among women and reservists.

The 500-page study is the first large-scale, private assessment of its kind. Its results appear consistent with a number of government mental health reports.


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